The 2000s Sci-Fi Action Blockbuster With An A-List Superstar Is In Danger Of Being Left Behind Forever

By Matthew Flynn | Published

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These days it seems like virtually every movie is available on one streaming service or another, however there are some films that manage to slip through the cracks. One such film that deserves a better fate but is currently unavailable to stream anywhere and has no 4K release forthcoming, is The 6th Day.

The Premise

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The 6th Day is a science fiction action film released in the year 2000 and directed by Robert Spottiswoode who at the time was fresh off a stint behind the director’s chair for Tomorrow Never Dies. The film is set in a world where human cloning has been outlawed for ethical reasons.

Despite the ban, illegal cloning still exists and is secretly used by those with money and power to cheat death or gain an unfair advantage. The 6th Day explores themes of identity, morality, and the consequences of playing god.

The Star

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In The 6th Day Adam Gibson is a family man who unexpectedly becomes the subject of illegal cloning led by a billionaire’s hidden agenda. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the dual roles of Adam Gibson and his clone. Meanwhile, an impressive supporting cast includes Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rapaport, Michael Rooker, Sarah Wynter and Robert Duvall.

Introducing A Legend

This film is particularly notable for marking Terry Crews’ debut into the realm of acting. Over the years following his debut in The 6th Day, Crews has carved out a remarkable career in both film and television, becoming known for his versatility, comedic timing, and dynamic screen presence. Among his most well known roles is that of Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the beloved ensemble comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, where Crews’ played an intensely muscular yet tender-hearted police sergeant.

He also made a significant impact with his role in the Expendables film series, showcasing his abilities in action alongside a star-studded cast.

The 6th Day Performed Badly Enough That No One Wanted A 7th

In terms of its financial performance, The 6th Day brought in only $96 million on an $82 million production budget. It also received a lukewarm reception from critics. Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 40 percent approval, while Metacritic provided a score of 49 out of 100, and CinemaScore audiences gave an average grade of C.

In a display of the mixed reaction to The 6th Day, it was nominated for both the Razzie Awards and the Saturn Awards. In spite of nominations for the previously Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor, and Worst Screen Couple at the Razzies, it did not manage to outdo Battlefield Earth in these categories.

The film also received Saturn Award nominations for Best Actor, Best Science Fiction Film, Best Special Effects, and Best Make-Up. However, it lost out to X-Men for Best Science Fiction Film, Hollow Man for Best Special Effects, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas for Best Make-Up.

Critics Said Arnold Was On Autopilot

Arnold Schwarzenegger, not new to the genre of science fiction, has given notable performances in classics such as Total Recall, Predator, and the Terminator movies. However, his work in The 6th Day was not as well received as those previous roles. He received some criticism for appearing to be filling just another stereotypical Schwarzenegger action role and was even nominated for a Razzie for Worst Actor.

Still Worth A Watch

Overall, The 6th Day presents an intriguing exploration of cloning and its ethical implications, while providing an action-packed experience. If for no other reason than that, and it being Terry Crews’ first film, The 6th Day ought not fade away into oblivion.