Review Date: November 13, 2000
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Writer: Cormac and Marianne Wibberley
Producers: A. Schwarzenegger, Jon Davison, Mike Medavoy
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Adam Gibson
Michael Rapaport as Hank
Robert Duvall as Dr. Graham Weir
And I'm really kinda pissed about it all because the film did actually seem to have quite a bit of potential. It's a great subject for a movie, one that actually manages to spark several cool moments throughout, but too much talking and not enough interesting developments in the story ultimately stunt the film's growth. Arny was pretty good as his character(s) but the film never really seemed to emit any sense of impending doom. Maybe it was because the characters weren't that well developed. Maybe it was because the bad guys were so cheesy (red and blue hair, people...c'mon...get with the program!), or maybe it was because the film didn't look that believable after its gratifying start. Whatever it was, it certainly didn't prevent me from enjoying enough of the film to recommend it just slightly, especially to Arny fans. But there is no revolutionary sci-fi flick in here, folks. Just another dud to add to the long list of sub-mediocre sci-fi movies plaguing the industry this year. But I did enjoy this film's many funny lines (and yes, Arny even says "I might be back" at some point), its cool techno fun stuff early on and its intriguing proposition. Sadly, it is in its execution that this film ultimately fails. Video fodder for sure, but nothing more than that. I do however look forward to a real good cloning movie in the future. In the meantime, I'm gonna go out and rent TOTAL RECALL again. Now there's a great sci-fi flick!
Oh yeah, and if you're looking for an "action" movie, this one doesn't fit that bill either. Unless of course, you consider laser tag gun games "action". And where was this clone fight between Arnold and himself that I had heard so much about? Hmmmm...wasn't in our copy.