The 6th Day is a solid, if forgotten, entry in the Schwarzenegger cannon. It contains nearly all the elements of the action star’s more popular films, but it was met with indifference by millennial audiences still high on The Matrix. In retrospect, The 6th Day holds up better between the two. The toned-down violence, a very mild PG-13, and the lack of outrageous theatrics by Arnold mark this as a step in a slightly different direction.
Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a civilian pilot who is killed, cloned, and then hunted to cover up a corporate conspiracy lead by Drucker (Tony Goldwyn), a billionaire figurehead for a leading tech company. The public isn’t aware that Drucker has been conducting illegal cloning. This secret would crash his stock value and end his experiments. Now, it’s up to Gibson to evade Drucker’s private security force and stop the megalomaniac from committing more crimes.
The 2000s were not kind to the aging action stars of the 80s and 90s. Although the decade would close strongly with their collective resurgence in The Expendables franchise. But The 6th Day is a sleeper hit with a strong sci-fi theme, good action scenes, and a lot of humor.
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn