10 Best Movies About Cloning | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Imagine creating an exact genetic copy of a living being that looks, sounds, and functions like you. Cloning is a concept that’s both fascinating and controversial, and maybe this is why it has never failed to ignite the creativity of filmmakers. But it is right to clone people? If yes, then who’s the judge, and where do we draw the line?

Here are the 10 best films on cloning that’ll have you ponder the purpose of cloning, the rights and responsibilities of such clones, and how it can affect our own identity and relationships.

The 6th Day (2000)

The 6th Day is a really interesting sci-fi action movie by Roger Spottiswoode. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the role of Adam Gibson, who is a chopper pilot in a world where cloning has become commonplace. After a work trip, he finds out he’s been cloned without his okay.

What follows next is Adam’s scrutiny of this shady practice, corporate greed, and whatnot. Some critics have panned the picture, while Schwarzenegger fans and lovers of science fiction thrillers call it the actor’s best works.

Multiplicity (1996)

Instead of taking a serious tone, this film tackles the issue of cloning and replicating people with a comedic touch. Michael Keaton stars as Doug Kinney, a construction laborer who has a hard time juggling his personal and professional lives.

Doug consents to take part in a cloning study so that he might get some relief from his hectic schedule. Therefore, he ends up being cloned many times. This triggers all sorts of hilarious and crazy scenarios as every copy gets its own unique character and personality.

The Boys from Brazil (1978)

The next film on our list has been called pure genius by some, while others think it’s a bit on the silly side. In this film, there’s a Nazi hunter named Ezra Lieberman who learns that Dr. Josef Mengele is working on a wicked plan.

Mengele wants to clone Hitler and make thousands of Nazi leaders by putting the cloned embryos into unsuspecting adopted moms. What follows next is Lieberman trying to stop this dark and dangerous scheme before it’s too late. Strong performances, especially by Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier, and a novel concept won The Boys from Brazil mostly good reviews.

Code 46 (2003)

The story takes place in a  future where the world has gone a bit haywire. Those in control have put strict rules about temporal displacement (time travel) to stop viruses from spreading.

The heart of the film beats around William Geld an investigator working for a big-shot company. Geld is shipped off to Shanghai to look into the people who have been making fake passports. Therein, he mixes up with Maria Gonzales, welcoming whirlwinds of troubles his way. Why? Because the world is pretty strict on love as well.

Splice (2009)

The film gained a cult following, became beloved, and spawned several sequels, which people still continue to enjoy.  Two biological scientists, Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley), fabricate a hybrid creature called Dren by covertly combining human and fauna DNA.

As Dren grows into something extraordinary, Clive and Elsa find themselves stuck in a moral maze. They try to figure out if what they’ve done is going to change the world or lay waste to it.

Godsend (2004)

Nick Hamm’s Godsend follows grieving parents Paul and Jessie Duncan, portrayed by Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn. The couple are dealing with the heartbreaking loss of their eight-year-old son, Adam, who lost his life in a tragic accident. A mysterious doctor, Richard Wells, comes forward with an offer to clone their son and give them a seemingly perfect replacement. Sounds great, right?

Unfortunately, as the cloned Adam hits his eighth birthday, things start getting out of hand, spurring not-so-good outcomes. Reviews for Godsend were mostly negative from reviewers, saying it relied on tired horror clichés and a worn-off plot, but still a decent one-time watch. 

The Gemini Man (2019)

Despite tanking at the box office, this movie made waves because it dared to be different. The film is shot entirely in 60 fps, making everything look and sound realistic and utterly mesmerizing. 

The plot centers on Will Smith’s character, retired military sniper Henry Brogan. Henry’s attempts to quit his dangerous job put him in the crosshairs of a highly skilled assassin who seems to know Henry’s moves before he even makes them.  Unbeknownst to Brogan, his rival is actually his younger clone, created by his old boss. 

Seo Bok (2021)

This South Korean sci-fi cocktail is about an ex-spy named Gi-heon. In the film, Gi-heon finds himself tangled up with Seo Bok (the name translates to undying being), the first human clone. Gi-heon’s job is to move Seo Bok, but things go haywire.

As Seo Bok is being sent to the United States, an internal conflict breaks out between the NIS and the Medical Organization, or should I say humanity and immortality are at odds. A thought-provoking film that casts doubt on long-held assumptions and offers clear viewpoints on the effects of human cloning.  The actors portraying the former intelligence agent are outstanding, but Park Bo-gum’s acting as Seobok will leave you in awe.

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Never Let Me Go is a love-and-drama flick set in a not-so-great world where human clones are raised just to give away their organs, and they can’t escape their fate. The story zooms in on three people: Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy.

They all grow up together in what appears to be a secluded boarding school. Unfortunately, their entire world comes crashing down when their friends learn their entire future has been mapped out without their say-so. Never Let Me Go is an unforgettable and moving piece of art despite its lackluster box office performance.

Replicas (2019)

Many might disagree, but Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s Replicas is one of his best films so far. In the film, Keanu Reeves’s character, William Foster, is a neuroscientist working on putting human minds into artificial bodies.

But here’s the twist: after a tragic car crash takes his family away, William makes it his life mission to bring them back using his experimental cloning technology. Things take a wild turn, and this sends William on a race against time to save those whom he loves while dancing on the edge of what’s right and what’s legal.

So, these were our top 10 picks for movies about cloning. Did your favourite make the cut? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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