Arnold Schwarzenegger's ever dwindling areer sinks to a new low with The Sixth Day, a horrid sci-fi action film that tries to revive his days off old, namely Total Recall.
You'll notice a lot of similarities between the 1990 classic and this 2000 film, mainly with the kind of world that has been created. The problem is that so much time has been spent on created a futuristic world that the main theme of the action movie has been neglected - the action.
The Sixth Day has a good amount of action scenes but there is nothing even remotely exciting about them. There was no suspense and every scene was bland, looking the same. There's a car chase but it is hard to take seriously when the cars look like some stupid electrical car. There are lots of gunfights but there are no bullets, only lasers. There are some punching scenes but compared to the best of today's hand-to-hand action films, The Sixth Day doesn't even show up on the scale.
The movie has a decent, quasi-complex plot. The cloning aspect, the main part of the film, of course, is interesting. But the problem lies in that too much time is spent on developing the characters, namely Robert Duvall's good guy/bad guy doctor, so that the action is given a backseat.
The direction sucks. Very similar to the flaws that haunted old action hero Wesley Snipes in The Art of War were the tedious slow motion shots and flashbacks that are unnecessary and just slow everything down. In action movies, tradition makes best. New innovations hardly work, and in The Sixth Day they definitely don't work.
The acting sucks. Arnold was looking decent in End of Days, a movie I particularly liked, but he doesn't seem like he is having much fun in this one. Of course, his acting is plagued by the even worse script, which is lame and cheesy. The high points of the film are the funny scenes; the serious moments suck like vacuums.
Another big disappointment is how cheesy the whole film looks. There are serious action films and then there are cheesy action films trying to be serious. This, unfortunately, is the latter. Nothing seems real and so it is hard to become involved in the movie.
Oh, and the ending sucks. The biggest suspense in the movie was determining what was going to happen to the two Arnold Schwarzennegers, and The Sixth Day chose just about the worst ending possible.
It shows that you are getting desperate when you co-star with yourself. The Sixth Day is a horrible film, whether you like Arnold or not, and whether you like action or not. This is one movie that will not be cloned.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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