The 6th Day (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Arnie told you - "I'll be back"
The Robbins Recipe: Total Recall meets Total Recall. Oops
Arnold Schwarzenegger has now reached that official iconic stage in his career that all of his projects are self-referential.
the humor in this picture. Arnold goes to the police
station in this future world, and he is defended by a
holographic virtual public attorney until he seems to be
loony, at which point the holograph turns into a virtual
psychiatrist. Later, when he's trying to defend himself
against the goon squad sent to kill him, he ends up
killing the same people over and over again. (You see, if
they get them within 12 hours of death, they can clone
them). So we've entered a future world in which death is
meaningless for the rich. In another scene, Arnold tells
the rich guy that he should clone himself while he's
still alive. "Why?", asks Mr Big.
"So you can go fuck yourself"
humor concept was "virtual girlfriend", which
Arnold's partner has chosen instead of a family. When you
get home, Virtual Girlfriend says stuff like "I hate
Steel Magnolias. Let's watch Terminator 2 and The Dirty
Dozen again tonight. As for now, would you like to watch
some sports, clean your guns and drink beer first, or
should I just blow you now for a couple hours?".
Well, the film is PG-13, so she doesn't use those exact
words, but you get the message just the same.
I liked the film in general, to tell ya the truth. It looks really cool; it asks some interesting questions about genetic engineering; it has some great action sequences, and a few good-natured laughs. I liked the old Arnold formula of muscles, tenderness, and irony, and this film really returns to those roots. In fact, maybe it returns a little too closely to Total Recall, because once again Big Arn doesn't know if he is who he's supposed to be, or if his memories really belong to him. But, who cares? It's basically the best Arnold picture since True Lies.
Unfortunately for Arn, moviegoers don't respond to the formula as they used to. This film had a mammoth budget from Columbia - nearly a hundred million - and it met with only lukewarm box office response. The critics didn't much like it, but then they never like anything Arnie does. But the people have always been in his corner.
Until now. This one looks like it may lose money.
|That has to worry the
studios when they take out their stud hoss, let him ride
his own race, and they still don't win. They even tried
using two Arnolds, since the original and the clone
teamed up for a while. But I think I have identified the
problem and the solution here. Two Arnolds just wasn't
enough. I propose a movie where Arnold plays every role.
They've done The Wizard of Oz with an all-black cast, why
not with an all-Arnold cast? He plays Scarecrow, Tin Man,
Lion, Witches, Munchkins, Flying Monkeys, the horse of a
different color, even Dorothy and Toto. Add some more
special effects and a hundred million dollar budget to
add some firepower to the battle against the witch.
Replace the broomstick with an atomic-powered jetcopter.
And set up the sequel when the melting witch says
"I'll be back".
In fact, now that the Republicans are back in office, they may declare that ALL movies must star Arnold in every role.
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