The 6th Day

Critics Consensus

This offering from Arnold Schwarzenegger contains an intriguing, disturbing premise, but the film's execution is too routine and formulaic to make good use of it.



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In this science-fiction thriller set in the very near future, DNA cloning has been perfected and has become an accepted part of everyday life -- cattle and fish are cloned for sale at the market, genetically engineered fruit and vegetables are found in most family's kitchens (nacho-flavored bananas, anyone?), and if your pet dies, you can even order a cloned replacement. But laws have been passed that strictly forbid the cloning of human beings. However, helicopter pilot Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who believes people should live and die the old-fashioned way, discovers that someone has been violating these regulations. After Adam luckily avoids being on a copter that crashes, he comes home to discover someone has duplicated him. Now Adam is on a mission to find out who cloned him and why, as he struggles to take back his life from a scientifically created impostor, his boss Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn), and a pair of thugs (Sarah Wynter and Rod Rowland) who have been cloned into near-indestructibility. The 6th Day also stars Robert Duvall as cloning expert Griffin Weir, Michael Rooker as Drucker's right-hand man Robert Marshall, and Michael Rapaport as Adam's partner, Hank Morgan.

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Michael Rapaport
as Hank Morgan
Tony Goldwyn
as Michael Drucker
Michael Rooker
as Robert Marshall
Wendy Crewson
as Natalie Gibson
Sarah Wynter
as Talia Elsworth
Terry Crews
as Vincent
Ken Pogue
as Speaker Day
Robert Duvall
as Dr. Griffin Weir
Wanda Cannon
as Katherine Weir
Taylor-Anne Reid
as Clara Gibson
Jennifer Gareis
as Virtual Girlfriend
Don R. McManus
as RePet Salesman
Steve Bacic
as Johnny Phoenix
Christopher Lawford
as Police Lieutenant
Mark Brandon
as RePet Spokesman
Don S. Davis
as Cardinal de la Jolla
Jennifer Sterling
as Virtual Attorney
Walter von Huene
as Virtual Psychiatrist
Chris Cound
as Snowboarder No. 1
Ben Bass
as Bodyguard
Michael Budman
as Zealot No. 2
D. Neil Mark
as Security Guard
Colin Lawrence
as Security Guard
Mark Gibbon
as Security Guard
Brian Jensen
as Security Guard
Crawford James
as Security Guard
Peter Kent
as Duty Officer
Hiro Kanagawa
as Team Doctor
Mi Jung Lee
as Newscaster
Gerard Plunket
as Technician
Claire Riley
as Webcaster
Andrew McIlroy
as Scott Moore
Norma Jean Wick
as Announcer No. 1
Paul Carson
as Announcer No. 2
Graham Andrews
as Cab Driver
Benita Ha
as Teacher
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Critic Reviews for The 6th Day

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Audience Reviews for The 6th Day

  • Jun 22, 2016
    Still in the time when Arnold was just stuck making bad movies. Has almost a Total Recall meets The Island feel to it. The script just isn't that great and the story really doesn't suck you in as they sometimes do with a story about human clones. Plus Arnold is a helicopter pilot? I've found that the majority of his films (non-comedies) where he's not a soldier, police officer, etc. are not that great. I'd really only watch this one if you're hell bent on watching the entire Schwarzenegger filmography.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2016
    I liked this film as it tried its hand at the cloning plot which started good but then just became another Arnie action flick and got abit silly at times, Pretty well acted at times it's far from a bad movie but could of been better perhaps given to the right people but saying that it could of been so much worse too.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2014
    I was fairly apprehensive about seeing the 6th Day, but I was glad I did. The film starts off a bit slow, but it steadily builds up to a riveting, action packed climax. This is the type of film where you don't expect much from its concept, acting and overall enjoyment, but in the end is very well done. There are a few areas where the film could have been improved upon, such as some of the dialogue could have been reworked. As it is, it's an exciting action film with a good cast of actors, and for diehard action film fans, they'll surely enjoy this film. I found this one to be a pleasant surprise, and it's a film that is quite underrated and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger will definitely enjoy this, and the story here is well put together and executed. Director Roger Spottiswoode crafts a solid film that deserves a second look. The 6th Day may not be a perfect film, but it definitely is better due to the fact that has some good performances and well executed action scenes that manage to keep you on the edge of your seat. Underrated, and better than expected, The 6th Day is a film that is pure adrenaline from start to finish. Like I stated before, it's a bit of a slow start, but it quickly takes off, and when it does it doesn't let go, and it keeps the thrills coming. This may not be Schwarzenegger's greatest film, but it's nonetheless a fun, entertaining popcorn film that you should see if you enjoy Arnie's work. The film may not be a standout Arnold's career, but it's nonetheless a worthwhile actioner to watch if you have nothing else to watch.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2012
    The 6th Day delivers double the Arnold in this sci-fi action thriller. Dealing with issues of mortality and identity, the story follows a pilot named Adam Gibson as he's pursued by a corporation that's trying to cover-up their illegal cloning activities. The cast is pretty good and includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rooker, Sarah Wynter, and Robert Duvall. Plus, the film has an interesting aesthetic with a lot of inventive high tech gadgetry. However, the film only addresses its subject material in a cursory manner, which is disappointing given the potential. While it has issues balancing story and action, The 6th Day still managers to be a fun, entertaining film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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