The 6th Day is set in the not-too-distant-future, but already, everything is so modernized or futurized, that it is beyond recognition.Only the visual aid of the computer and concept of virtual reality are familiar, however, the ramifications and limitations (or lack thereof) are by far expanded. The opening credits disjointedly inform us that with the success of Dolly, scientists were able to clone a human. The experiment went awry and the Sixth Day Law was passed, in which it has become illegal to clone a human. (But pets are alright; thereís RePet for that.) Any clones discovered would be, so-to-say, put to sleep (like in Blade Runner), without any form of rights. Obviously clones exist, but a strict silence and hush has been kept around it, which is sure to have its cover blown off when the real Arnold Schwarzenegger discovers his cloned-self. While cloning is no alien idea to Hollywood, the concept and initiation of The 6th Day are diverting, but just because there are two Arnolds, doesnít mean that itís double the fun. The action is amplified cartoonish violence, but the staggering and unlikely happenings are at an extreme. Given the fact that itís Arnold, and how Arnold has a way of making things conducive (even when his products arenít very good, like Commando), there is still an undeniable factor of fun. The screen coughs up some interesting images and variants and thankfully, none of them try to imitate The Matrix. The 6th Day is an indulgent effects movie, with an unnecessary and immature technological feel by director Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies); the lack of his style (doubly exposed shots, CGI layout sequences, banal explosions, rip-off diving scene from The Fugitive, etc.) make it at worst decadent and pedestrian, but at best venially innocuous.
With Michael Rapaport, Robert Duvall and Sarah Wynter.[Redeemable.]