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The 6th Day (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 23
CAP Influence Density: 2.02

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NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme or plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie

"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


*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* ). Using their charter helicopter service, they shuttle rich thrill seekers to the heights of snow-covered mountains to ski the slopes. Some beautiful scenery of both the mountains of Canada and the cityscape of Vancouver are offered.

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.


  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character. • Gen. 1:27-31 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
  • Mark 7:20 He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.'
  • Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
  • Neh. 9:6 You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.


    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: The 6th Day (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • exaggerated football violence
  • electric shock to control
  • reckless driving to pursue
  • beheaded realistic talking doll
  • great falls
  • mutilated bodies
  • makeshift ear piercing with blood
  • neck break death
  • admission of murder
  • massive injuries
  • multiple weaponfire to murder
  • death by weaponfire to head
  • multiple amputations by weaponfire
  • order to kill to cover up
  • control by weapons
  • threat to murder child with dogs
  • weapon battles
  • deaths by weaponfire
  • graphic dying
  • stabbing
  • near fatal assaults

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 42 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies about identity
  • facial piercings
  • "Shoot me!"
  • "I want to die" ... "My time is up."

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • sex talk, some vulgar and with nudity
  • sexual request
  • flashes of full nudity
  • sex in a car (with walking away while closing zipper)
  • inappropriate touching
  • sexual imagery
  • nude human forms

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • five uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and five without
  • insults of God
  • counterfeiting of Scriptures to elevate man above God

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder of nonambulatory patient
  • suicide by weaponfire to head to avoid capture
  • vehicular homicide
  • weaponfire murder - exceptionally graphic
  • weaponfire murder - shot to the head
  • four additional weaponfire murders

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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