|Star:||Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Robert Duvall|
|Cert / Year:||15 - PG-13 / 2000|
Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the worlds greatest actor (No kidding!). In fact he is at his best when he is blowing stuff up and killing people, which is good news because that what he gets to do for the most of this film.
Set in the near future, Arnie plays Adam Gibson an ace helicopter pilot who job it is to ferry the rich up into the mountains. On this particular day he comes home to his perfect family only to find he is already there. The evil Micheal Drucker (Goldwyn) has broken the 6th day accords banning human cloning, and has cloned Adam Gibson, by mistake, instead of this partner who had been killed during n attempt on Druckers life. Now to avoid getting caught, one of the Adams must die. With a endless supply of cloned hitmen pursuing him, it seems that Adam's only option to get his life back is to contact the Doctor who cloned him (Duvall).
This film is what you get when you cross True Lies with Total Recall. It is a loud, fast, techno action movie with some good special effects and plenty of explosions. At the beginning of the movie things do not start well, with some cringeingly awful "family" scenes, but don't worry they do not last for long. Before you know it a car chase through a housing estate erupts. This pretty much sets the pace for the rest of the movie
The acting is best left to Robert Duvall who does a fine job, but Micheal Rapaport also deserves a mention. The script is good and highlights a number of moral questions regarding cloning, giving plenty of food for thought. The only real dispointment is the U.S. friendly ending (People, watch Total Recall to find out how to really end a film like this).
The real stars of the film are the effects and the action. The action scences are great, laser guns, helicopter jets, car chases, and some of the coolest gadgets (I really want a remote control helicopter jet, but I can't see any kid wanting that darn scary virtual friend doll). Apart from some of flying sequences the special effects are good also, particularly to blanks transformation scenes during cloning.
Ok lets get down to it, this is somewhat of a return to form for Arnold Schwarzenegger after the terrible End of Days. He may be getting to old for this stuff but he still does it the best. This film is great entertainment, an action movie that dares ask some difficult moral questions. So switch off your brain and enjoy the explosions, or leave it on and consider some of the issues raised. A movie with a few flaws but overall well above average.
|2.35:1 Anamorphic||Mostly good but slightly grainy at times|
|Dolby Digital 5.1||Good soundtrack but nothing special|
|Audio comentary by the composer! and isolated music score.|
|An ok disc with good sound and passable picture. Limited extras though. NOTE: A 2 disc collectors edition is also available.|