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The 6th Day (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 23
CAP Influence Density: 2.02
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
*THE 6TH DAY* -- a thousand 10-point Nasties instead of ten 1000-point Nasties.
Furious in sound and ingenious in imagery *The 6th Day* was, to me, a disappointment. While presenting some fantastic futuristic gadgetry such as the special helicopters, this was another "R-13". Much foul language, casual and indeed puppet sex programming, and a great deal of violence. Folks who have seen *Total Recall* will see more of the same but evidently with hopes of being cleaned up a little as evidenced by the higher quality and obvious budget. Again the new technique of using many "lesser" ignominies instead of the fewer but more invasive ignominies to get the same effect was apparently used. In terms of numbers, envision 1000 Nasties worth 10 points each then 10 Nasties worth 1000 points each. The magnitude is the same. *The 6th Day* is a thousand 10-point Nasties instead of ten 1000-point Nasties typical of traditional R-rated programming, and each can be a little straight pin hidden in the couch. *The 6th Day* may have presented 500 Nasties worth 20 points each, but the magnitude is still the same.
The opening screen presented some variation and condensation of Genesis 1:27 - 31, attempting an intellectual focus on the fact that on the sixth day of Creation, God created man, apparently hoping to refine the viewers' focus just on creating man, thus setting the stage for the movie.
Set in the year 2005, $300 million per year quarterback Johnny Phoenix suffers brain death due to concussion on the field. While in transport to the hospital, one of the team owners riding with Johnny mutters something like, "...lifetime contract with a vegetable..." as he shuts down the life support equipment. One might think this to be a clear case of murder, which it was, but it sets the stage for the rest of the show -- for cloning humans.
The story breaks off to Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his partner in business Hank (Michael Rapaport - *Men of Honor*
At Gibson's home the plot begins to thicken as the family dog dies. Adam's wife ... no, not Genesis' Eve, but Natalie (Wendy Crewson) reports that the family dog died. Natalie spent much energy trying to overcome Adam's reluctance to take the dog to RePet, an animal cloning facility in just about every shopping mall. Adam has a fundamental distrust of cloning. But billionaire Drucker and his sidekick Dr. Graham Weir (Robert Duvall) have other ideas. And there is the connection with dead quarterback Johnny Phoenix who reappears quarterbacking.
Drucker and Weir have developed a means of extending the cloning of pets to humans and establish a secret business of it, secret since cloning of humans is illegal in 2005. Since Drucker wishes to draw as little attention to himself as possible, he hires Gibson's charter flight service to transport him in secrecy under stringent security. But to enter into a contract, all pilots must submit to drug testing and sign a promissory of secrecy. So stringent was the security that Adam and Hank must undergo drug screening. But the blood test and eye test of the drug screening were not as they seemed. The blood test was not to reveal traces of illegal drugs but was to capture Gibson's DNA. The eye test was not to determine visual acuity but was a syscording -- a recording of every thought, emotion, memory, bit of knowledge, and personality parameter.
Thinking Gibson to be dead. Drucker clones Gibson. When the real Gibson comes around, he finds the clone kissing on his wife and eating a birthday cake with his family. Realizing that Gibson is now evidence of his illegal operation, Drucker launches a campaign to kill Gibson. And there is the first part of the story.
Some of the disconnected programming in this plot included the holographic woman for Hank. Having nothing to do with the cloning plot, a voluptuous woman appears at the wave of Hank's hand in front of a beam. A very compliant voluptuous woman -- a "Steppford" woman. So eager to please is this bit of software, she invites Hank's in after a hard day's work and tells him she has recorded all of his favorite programs and offers to either watch them with him or take her dress off. And she asks this while positioned for lap dancing. Now, I ask. What is the purpose of this part of the movie?
There is much programming in this PG-13 which will likely make the parent and grandparent uncomfortable. Due to tons of violence [Prov. 3:31] and even more foul language [Mark 7:20], *The 6th Day* earned an Investigation Area score of zero in Wanton Violence/Crime, Impudence/Hate and Offense to God. With a Final Score of 23 and an Influence Density of 2.02, this movie is clearly equivalent to R-rated movies. Don't be deceived. Just because a movie does not present intercourse with nudity and other vulgar extremes does not make it safe or tame [Rev. 20:10]. 1000 Nasties worth 10 each can be the same as 10 Nasties worth 1000 each.
The prospect of cloning humans can be a very deep philosophical and theological subject. For example, would the clone have a soul? Should cloning be optional or available only to "continue" the terminally ill? I am not prepared to discuss this beyond Neh. 9:6. God created life. Period.
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):