In the world of the very near future, cattle, fish, and even the family pet can be cloned. But cloning humans is illegal – that is until family man Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) comes home from work one day to find a clone has replaced him. Taken from his family and plunged into a sinister world he doesn’t understand, Gibson must not only save himself from the assassins who must now destroy him to protect their secret, but uncover who and what is behind the horrible things happening to him.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was interviewed on the Today Show moments before I saw the screening of Sixth Day. He was touting this picture as an action, sci-fi, FAMILY movie. In fact, he bragged about taking “all of my children except my three year-old with me to the screening.” Arnold, Arnold, Arnold…what did Maria put in our protein punch the day you made that decision? Contrary to “Conan’s” declaration, The Sixth Day is anything BUT a family-friendly movie. The action was intense (12 brutal killings, including an amputated leg and chopped off fingers which come in handy later). The special effects were startling (people are killed and promptly replaced by clones within a couple of hours – a virtual playmate lap dances all over our hero and his buddy). The language was as brutal as the action (gross sexual references and God’s name were bandied about like mere expletives). Arnold’s character, Adam – while protecting his daughter from two bad guys who have the drop on them – says with a wink, “Be careful, I don’t want to expose my daughter to graphic violence – she gets enough of that from the media”…whereupon he promptly blows big holes in both bullies with a hi-tech blaster. In defense of the storyline of this modern-day version of “Coma”, the writers do make the point that cloning humans is not only dangerous, but against God’s will and His grand plan.