Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Duvall and Michael Rapaport.

The 6th Day is a sci-fi thriller set in the near future during an era of routine animal cloning and genetically engineered food for all. The plot centres on the disastrous consequences of an illegal experiment, which defies the 'sixth day' law banning human cloning. When it all inevitably goes horribly wrong, the hero is thrown into a nightmare scenario where he finds himself being pursued by the baddies and desperately trying to regain access to his own life.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars, turning in a trademark performance that handles the action with aplomb and the emotion with an amusing lack of credibility. The support cast includes an under-used Michael Rapaport as the best buddy with Robert Duvall as the tormented character right at the centre of the movie's moral dilemma.

Much of the entertainment value lies in the futuristic portrayal of the everyday world and in the incidental production design details which complete the depiction of a technologically-enhanced environment not so dissimilar to our own. Essentially, this is a film that believes itself to be a far more complex drama than is actually the case, taking an unnecessarily long time to wind its way to a disappointingly predictable conclusion.

Siobhán Mannion