In the not-too-distant future, when pets can be cloned after they die and "virtual girlfriends" can be installed and programmed, Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) works as a helicopter tour pilot. On his birthday he comes home to discover an identical version of himself--an illegal human clone--celebrating with his family and friends. The next thing he knows, a squad of killers is after him in order to hide the evidence of their cloning activities, funded by Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn), a powerful businessman who hopes to make billions from human cloning in collaboration with his medical expert, Dr. Griffin Weir (Robert Duvall). Of course, nobody believes Adam when he says there's an impostor living his life, and soon he has to take matters into his own hands while being chased by bad guys who won't stay dead thanks to the magic of cloning and Syncordings, instant memory downloads. THE 6TH DAY is an intriguing sci-fi thriller, combining science fact and fiction with everything viewers could want from a Schwarzenegger movie: terrific special effects and an action-packed story, with two Arnolds for twice the fun.
Director Roger Spottiswoode ("Tomorrow Never Dies") has manufactured a near-future that is startlingly realistic. There are some goofy elements in it -- nacho-flavored bananas and virtual girlfriends, for example -- but also quite a few things that are not unreasonable, and that science is heading toward already. (Refrigerators that tell you when you're running low on items and allow you to order new ones from the store; cars with autopilot and navigation systems.) If everything looked totally space-age, it would lose its immediacy; the point here is that what's going on may not be far off.
Well, that's the point to the extent that there IS a point. No one will accuse "The 6th Day" of being an overly cerebral film, though it is relatively free of gaping plot holes. It's an action movie, and a good one, at that. There's a thrilling car chase, lots of explosions, cheesy post-mortem one-liners from Arnold, and as many "I'm not myself today" kind of jokes as you can think of (and trust me, you could think of all of them).