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(2000) (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Goldwyn) (PG-13)

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Sci-fi/Action-Adventure: Discovering that he's been cloned and that his duplicate self is now living with his family, a man tries to find out who's responsible and get both his life and family back.
Sometime in the near future, where deceased or sick pets can be cloned into exact duplicates with all of the memories and personalities of the original, but similar human cloning is banned, Adam Gibson (ARNOLD SCWARZENEGGER) is a happily married pilot and partner of the Double X Charter Company, a futuristic helicopter service that transports clients to snowy environs.

While his partner and best friend, Hank Morgan (MICHAEL RAPAPORT), enjoys the company of a virtual girlfriend, Adam is old-fashioned when it comes to technology outside of work. He finds those stances challenged when his daughter, Clara (TAYLOR ANNE REID), wants a mostly realistic looking and behaving Sim-Pal doll, while his wife, Natalie (WENDY CREWSON), urges him to replace their dog that was just put to sleep with a cloned replacement from RePet.

Knowing he has time to kill before Natalie throws him a "surprise" birthday party, Adam heads off to look into both while Hank sets off with multi-billionaire Michael Drucker (TONY GOLDWYN) who runs Replacement Technologies, a firm designed to replenish the world's food supply through advanced cloning.

Since human cloning is illegal, various factions see Drucker and his chief scientist, Dr. Griffin Weir (ROBERT DuVALL) -- whose wife, Katherine (WANDA CANNON), is terminally ill -- as dangerous and thus put a hit out on Drucker.

After experiencing an odd sensation while on his way to RePet, Adam returns home only to find to his shock that Natalie and others are already celebrating his birthday with him inside their house. He doesn't have much time to think about that, however, as Robert Marshall (MICHAEL ROOKER), the head of Replacement Technologies security and his cronies, Talia Elsworth (SARAH WYNTER), Wiley (ROD ROWLAND) and Vincent (TERRY CREWS), arrive on the scene and try to capture and kill him.

Eventually discovering that he's been cloned and that his family will be killed if they see him and his clone together, Adam must then figure out who cloned him and why, all while avoiding Marshall and his thugs who repeatedly return as new clones every time he kills them.

If they're fans of Schwarzenegger (and his style of action films), anyone else in the cast, or of sci-fi based action thrillers, they probably will.
For strong action violence, brief strong language and some sensuality.
  • ARNOLD SCWARZENEGGER plays a businessman and chopper pilot who finds his world turned upside down when he discovers that he's been cloned. As he searches for the truth and tries to get his family and life back together, he kills several people (all working for the villain) and briefly uses some strong profanity.
  • MICHAEL RAPAPORT plays his best friend who uses some profanity and enjoys the company of his voluptuous virtual girlfriend.
  • TONY GOLDWYN plays the head of a bioengineering company that specializes in cloning. While some of his intentions are admirable (helping sick or dying people and their families), his means of doing so are illegal and lethal (and he even directly kills several people).
  • MICHAEL ROOKER plays his head of security who's responsible for killing or attempting to kill people.
  • SARAH WYNTER, ROD ROWLAND and TERRY CREWS play his underlings who do the same.
  • WENDY CREWSON plays Adam's loving wife, while TAYLOR ANNE REID plays his cute daughter.
  • ROBERT DuVALL plays Drucker's lead scientist who's responsible for illegally cloning people, but faces a personal dilemma when his dying wife, played by WANDA CANNON, doesn't want to be "saved" via cloning.


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    Here's a quick summary of the content found in this sci-fi action yarn that's been rated PG-13. Violence is listed as extreme due to many deaths via laser blasts, fighting (such as breaking a neck) or accidents, while non-lethal violence includes some dismemberment, other fighting and destruction of property. Some of those scenes have bloody/gory results, and may be suspenseful to some viewers with low tolerance levels for action-oriented mayhem and suspense.

    Profanity consists of 1 use of the "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Some sexual fooling around occurs between a husband and wife in a minivan, and another man and his holographic "virtual girlfriend," but nothing explicit is seen, although some of the material is a bit racy. After a woman is cloned, some brief glimpses of her nude body (breasts and butt) are seen.

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, including the villains who illegally clone humans (thus bringing up some topics for discussion) and then kill or try to kill others. A few characters drink, while two secretly and briefly smoke a cigar (which is illegal in the future). If you're still concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone in your home who wishes to see it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed content listings for more specific examples of what occurs in the film.

  • When Adam asks Hank for a favor at his upcoming birthday party, Hank wonders if it's for him not to get drunk and set the drapes on fire.
  • Some people have drinks at a birthday party.
  • People have drinks at a reception.
  • A politician has some brandy with Drucker.
  • Hank's virtual girlfriend offers Adam a beer.
  • Hank offers a beer to Adam, but then only gets one for himself.
  • Vincent briefly drinks one of Adam's beers from his refrigerator.
  • We see a little bit of blood on a pro football player's hands.
  • We briefly see a man's face that has some bloody cuts/scrapes on it.
  • We briefly see glimpses of two dead people who have some bruises and/or bloody cuts/scrapes on their bodies.
  • After being cloned, Talia pierces her own ear by jamming a stud through her earlobe, resulting in a little bit of blood.
  • We hear the sound of breaking bones as Adam breaks Wiley's neck and then hear more bone crunching sounds as Marshall moves the dead man's head.
  • We see some blood from Katherine's nose (she's terminally ill).
  • We see a little bit of blood on a person's shirt after they've been shot and killed.
  • A man has some bloody cuts on his face.
  • Adam slams open a van door into Talia, knocking her to the ground. He then shoots and hits Marshall on the leg, severing the lower part of it from his body, and then shoots Talia in the hand, severing several of her fingers. He later takes one of her fingers to use her fingerprint to enter secure buildings and rooms.
  • The sight of several "blank clones" (large, partially formed human masses ready to be cloned) might be somewhat gross to some viewers, as might a cloning result that didn't quite form all of the way (the man is slimy and missing an ear, etc.).
  • Some blood comes from a man's mouth (who's been mortally wounded). Later, we see even more doing so as it runs down his chin and neck.
  • Drucker and Weir run an operation that illegally clones human beings, and the former even puts genetic defects into the clones to keep them under control via a short life span. Drucker also orders for people to be killed or does the deed himself.
  • Marshall and his cronies work for Drucker and repeatedly try to kill Adam.
  • An assassin kills several people associated with Drucker.
  • Adam and his wife secretly smoke a cigar (in a time when all smoking is illegal).
  • Some viewers might not like Drucker stating that he's just taking over where God left off.
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and/or "Blood/Gore" may also be disturbing and/or suspenseful to some viewers, but most of them and the following are suspenseful mainly only in an action film type of way.
  • The sight of the Sim-Pal doll (a somewhat realistic but also creepy looking doll) might be a bit unsettling for some viewers.
  • A prolonged car chase sequence might be somewhat suspenseful to some viewers.
  • Adam thinks he hears someone in Hank's place so he slowly makes his way through it with a drawn laser gun.
  • Adam sneaks up on his clone, prepared to shoot and kill him (but then finds that he can't).
  • Marshall and Talia slowly make their way through a parking ramp looking for Adam.
  • Some Dobermans menacingly approach young Clara in a school hallway.
  • The entire ending of the film, where Adam tries to avoid being captured or killed (including swimming and hiding in fluid holding the pre-cloned human masses and getting out of and off a building before it explodes, as well as a chopper nearly crashing into a building with a man dangling from it) might be suspenseful to some viewers (in an action/thriller sort of way).
  • Laser guns/explosive powder: Used to threaten, wound or kill people (or damage property). See "Violence" for details.
  • Phrases: "You can go f*ck yourself," "Bullsh*t," "Piece of sh*t," "Hot chick," "Scared the crap out of me," "Screw around" (nonsexual), "What the hell is going on (here)?" "Shut up," "You're screwed," "I look like crap," "Bastard," "Hurts like hell," "Idiot" and "Screw yourself."
  • Wiley has a pierced eyebrow.
  • A pro quarterback has a large tattoo on his neck.
  • After being cloned, Talia pierces her own ear by jamming a stud through her earlobe, resulting in a little bit of blood.
  • A laser blast suddenly hits and kills someone.
  • An extreme amount of traditional and action-oriented suspense music plays during the film.
  • None.
  • At least 1 "f" word, 15 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("screw"), 10 hells, 10 S.O.B.s, 4 damns, 2 craps, 1 ass, 5 uses each of "G-damn" and "Oh my God," 4 uses each of "Jesus Christ" and "Oh God" and 1 use of "God" as exclamations.
  • Adam kisses his wife a few times in bed and she then tells him to lock the door (as she lays on the bed, wearing her sleepwear, waiting for him), but when he goes to do so, their daughter suddenly opens it (with the doorknob accidentally hitting him in the crotch) and thus nothing else happens.
  • Adam and Hank talk about the latter having a virtual girlfriend that sits on his lap and sexually satisfies him.
  • As Talia is cloned in the lab, we see the new version of her and briefly see glimpses of her bare breasts (side & top) as well as that of her bare butt.
  • Hank comes home and activates his virtual girlfriend, a holographic, voluptuous beauty who shows some cleavage in her formfitting dress. She then asks if she should take off her dress for him, but he tells her to wait until he sits in a special chair that then somehow physically manifests her actions on him. We then see her straddle his lap and lower the top of her dress (we only see her bare back as the camera is behind her). When there's a knock at the door, he tells her that she'll have to zip him up (suggesting that she had unzipped his pants), but to be careful with the "merchandise."
  • Adam sees his clone kissing his wife and groping her clothed butt. Moments later, that other Adam asks her when's the last time they "did it" in the backseat of a car, which causes Natalie to state that they should smoke cigars more often (since that's what started their amorous activity). We then see her lie down on top of him in the car with his hand on her butt and hear the sound of them kissing (we only see them from their hips down, but both are still clothed). Moments later, we see that other Adam walking out of the garage zipping up his pants, and after a few moments inside the house, he returns to the garage (but we don't see anything else).
  • Adam sits down in Hank's special chair and the virtual girlfriend states that she's a one-man virtual girl. However, Adam then states that he felt something going for his zipper.
  • Adam punches and knocks out the other version of himself and then says that that's for sleeping with his wife "in the damn minivan."
  • We see a nude and partially formed/completed clone from the side as it lies on a table, but don't see any explicit nudity. Moments later, it appears that we see that clone's full nudity, but it's from an extremely long distance and thus no details can be seen.
  • Seeing a clothed clone lying on top of his mostly nude predecessor (both are unconscious and/or dead) and thus somewhat looking like a sexual position, Adam makes a snide remark about previously saying that man should "screw himself" but didn't know he'd take it literally.
  • Adam lights up a cigar in his garage (which is against the law in the future) and then gets Natalie to take a quick drag from it.
  • Adam worries about the safety of his family.
  • Cloning humans and the legal, moral, ethical and other ramifications of doing so.
  • The concept of cloning and thus replacing a sick child or adult with an exact duplicate with the same memories and traits, etc.
  • During a professional football game, a quarterback is tackled hard and lands on his head (we presumably hear his neck break). Marshall then accompanies him in the ambulance, but removes the life support and allows that player to die from cardiac arrest.
  • Adam's daughter opens the door, accidentally causing the doorknob to hit him in the crotch (briefly doubling him over in pain).
  • A man shoots and kills several people with his laser gun, but we don't see any of that in its entirety (it's presented in somewhat of a disorienting fashion). This is later seen in a bit more detail from the recorded point of view of one of the victims.
  • Talia uses some sort of zapper to shock and momentarily disable Adam and he tumbles down some steps. She then kicks him, but stops Vincent from shooting him dead. Moments later, she tries to kick him again, but he grabs her foot and throws her down with Vincent then shooting at him but hitting a Sim-Pal doll instead. More shots are then fired at Adam that blast items (trees, etc.) around him as he runs. Adam then blasts his vintage Cadillac out through the garage and they fire more shots at him with their laser guns.
  • Adam purposefully crashes a car to injure Talia who's riding with him and then holds her gun on her. A car chase then ensues and Adam repeatedly smashes her hand against the dash while his and another vehicle repeatedly bang into each other or drive through fences, and a house, etc.
  • Vincent blasts an annoying Sim-Pal doll with his laser gun, severing its head from its body.
  • Wiley fires a shot at Adam but hits Talia who's in the front of the car with him and she falls from his car and rolls a few times on the street. Adam then slams on the brakes and Wiley flies in front of his car where both Adam and the vehicle behind him drive over his body (not graphically seen).
  • A car crashes through a fence and off a cliff, landing in some water far below it.
  • Marshall fires several shots at Adam who dangles from a fence on the side of a cliff.
  • Adam yanks a metal chair out of the floor (where it was bolted), uses it to jam a door and then proceeds to elbow and break a video screen/window to get out of a room.
  • Wiley holds a gun to Adam, but Adam grabs him and breaks his neck, while a shot from a laser gun hits a sign in the distance.
  • A laser blast suddenly hits and kills someone. Adam then confronts the assassin and the two then fight and struggle over a laser gun that blasts through the room. Adam then kicks that man away who then fires several shots at him.
  • A man crashes his car on top of another car.
  • A man urges Adam to kill him and then pulls the trigger himself, doing the deed (but we don't see the impact or death).
  • Talia and Adam get into a laser blast shootout inside a parking ramp.
  • Adam slams open a van door into Talia, knocking her to the ground. He then shoots and hits Marshall on the leg, severing the lower part of it from his body, and then shoots Talia in the hand, severing several of her fingers, before backhanding her with his gun.
  • Adam knocks out a man he previously held a laser gun to and then aims that gun at Dr. Weir.
  • Vincent and Talia kick open doors while searching for Adam.
  • Adam holds a laser gun on a truck driver and then elbows him in the face, knocking him out.
  • Men fire several shots at Adam with their laser guns.
  • Adam punches and knocks out the other version of himself.
  • Drucker shoots and kills a man with a laser blast (sort of a malicious favor so that he can clone him).
  • Marshall and Talia open fire on a chopper and it falls from the sky and explodes but no one's hurt.
  • Both Adams shoot out security cameras with their laser guns while others eventually shoot at them with the same.
  • A man punches Adam to knock him out.
  • Adam blasts a lock with his laser gun and kicks open a door.
  • Men fire at Adam but hit another man before Adam jumps through a large glass window.
  • Adam shoots and kills a man.
  • Drucker shoots and kills another man with a laser blast and that man's body lands on the floor quite hard.
  • Adam grabs a person who fires a shot down into the fluid-filled tanks he's hiding in, shattering one and sending fluid/water racing through the building, sweeping away one person. Meanwhile, the person he grabs slowly chokes to death on some tubing wrapped around their neck while Adam still weighs them down by holding onto their feet.
  • Adam blasts various pieces of equipment with a laser gun.
  • A man hits Adam over the back/head and then another one jumps on his back, but Adam elbows that one several times before punching him.
  • The two Adams get into a big laser shootout with other men and hit several of them with their blasts (seen from a distance), while one of them is hit on the leg with an enemy blast.
  • Chopper blades nearly hit a man (on purpose).
  • A man falls many stories to his death on the floor below him.
  • A large explosion blows up part of a building.

  • Reviewed November 13, 2000 / Posted November 17, 2000

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