The 6th Day

October 8, 2010

The 6th DayWikipedia | The 6th Day is a 2000 action film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as family man Adam Gibson, who is cloned against his will in the future of 2015. Schwarzenegger received a salary of $25 million for his role in the film.

In 2015, cloning technology has been sufficiently developed as to allow the cloning of human organs and animals, but reproducing a complete human is explicitly forbidden by the so-called “6th Day” laws, named for the day when God created man. Adam Gibson is a pilot who runs a charter helicopter business along with his friend Hank Morgan. Michael Drucker, the owner of Replacement Technologies, a conglomerate that specialize in cloning, charters them for a skiing trip. Due to Drucker’s financial and political influence, both Gibson and Morgan undergo blood and eye tests prior to his arrival to verify their identities and aptitude. On the day of Drucker’s arrival, the same as Gibson’s birthday, Gibson finds that his family dog has died, and Morgan offers to take his place as Drucker’s pilot to allow Gibson to get his pet cloned.

Gibson returns home in the evening to find that a clone of himself is at the house and celebrating with his family. Gibson is chased down by security agents working for Drucker who are attempting to kill him, but he slips away and seeks refuge at Morgan’s apartment. He finds Morgan there, but Morgan is soon shot by Tripp, an anti-cloning fundamentalist, before Gibson can stop and injure him. Tripp reveals that he knows that the version of Morgan in the apartment was an illegal clone, because he had killed him and Drucker at the skiing summit earlier in the day. Tripp commits suicide to avoid capture by Drucker’s security team.

Gibson manages to sneak into Drucker’s company and encounters Dr. Griffin Weir, the man behind Drucker’s cloning technology. The scientist explains that Drucker and Morgan were indeed killed during the skiing trip, and they sought to clone them to cover up the incident, using a memory capture they performed at the same time as the supposed eye-test. However, they believed that Gibson was piloting the helicopter, and thus accidentally created a Gibson clone before they realized their mistake. Drucker’s men have thus been targeting Gibson to prevent the discovery of Drucker’s illegal cloning operation. Weir further reveals that Drucker’s human clones are normally embedded with a fatal disease that would kill the clone after about five years, thus giving Drucker leverage in continually cloning them.

Gibson escapes the complex with the information. Drucker kills Weir and orders his agents to capture Gibson’s wife and daughter to assure his cooperation in resolving the issue. Gibson works out a plan with his clone to invade Drucker’s facility and destroy it, and rescue his family as well. Drucker manages to force Gibson to surrender and informs him that he was the clone all along. Drucker tries to convince the Gibson clone to reveal the real Gibson’s location as he has Drucker’s syncords. Drucker attempts to stop Gibson, but Gibson and his clone trick him into a trap, ultimately leading to Drucker’s final death, while the cloning facility is destroyed. The real Gibson arranges for his clone to travel to Argentina to start a satellite operation of the charter business as to keep the clone’s existence under wraps.

Link: The 6th Day on IMDB