Sixth Day on DVD
Making Your Own Friends...
Arnold's back in another rip roarin' sci-fi mind game reminiscent of
This time, he turns out to be his own best friend, as he's cloned against
his wishes (and against the law) in a coverup plot to save the multiple
lives, reputations, and fortunes of a wealthy entrepreneur.
Schwarzenegger plays Adam Gibson, a futuristic heli-ski tour operator
whose life is wonderful until he arrives home on his birthday to find
he's been replaced in his own family by that darn clone you heard about
in all the commercials. Not only that, but there are some really nasty
assassins after him, apparently trying to ensure that only one of the
Adam Gibsons lives through the night.
Thrown onto his own resources, Adam must fight to save - and regain -
his life, in the process uncovering a vast, illegal cloning operation
that needs him dead in order to hide the evidence.
The Sixth Day (from Genesis, the day on which God created Man), is a
nifty roller coaster that, while more predictable than "Total Recall"
on the whole, is still a wonderful vehicle for Schwarzenegger fans and
action aficionados. For most of the movie, you're never really sure exactly
who's who, though the lights go on a little bit before the writers and
director would like them to.
One improvement over "Total Recall" is the toned down violence. Sure,
there's plenty of shooting and enough people get killed (well...) to keep
violence buffs happy, but it isn't as graphic or gratuitous as "Recall"
was in places.
Arnold does his usual workman's job in his character. It would be nice,
just once, though, if the producers would give his character a European
name, to more realistically exploit his accent. He could be an immigrant,
you know! The supporting cast is very good, including Robert Duvall as
the eventually-reluctant scientist, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rapaport, Michael
Rooker, Wendy Crewson, and Sarah Wynter.
The special effects and production design are also first rate and, for
the most part, they've done a good job of turning present day Vancouver
into "near future" somewhere else. The skyline is definitely not Vancouver,
but some more close up shots give it away to people who've been to that
British Columbia city. It never gets in the way of the film, though.
Some neat sci-fi technology is on hand as well, especially the "Whispercraft"
combination helicopter/jet planes that Gibson uses for his tour business.
The DVD quality is excellent. The anamorphic widescreen picture is sharp
and clean, with bright colors, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
is rich and full, with good surround effects.
Extras include a decent liner essay, an audio commentary by composer
Trevor Rabin, an isolated musical score track, and an "infomercial" and
TV commercial for the film's RePet concept. There's also the trailer,
and talent files.
If you like Arnold, you'll like "The Sixth Day."
The Sixth Day, from Columbia Tristar Home Video
124 min, widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 compatible, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Sarah
Wynter and Robert Duvall
Produced by Mike Medavoy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jon Davidson
Written by Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley, Directed by Roger
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