5 Movies About Cloning That Feel Repetitious
Did you know that one in five people in America is a clone? It's true -- look to your left, look to your right, there's a good chance that one of the people sitting next to you is a clone. We live in a clone-filled world, so it might be cool to watch some movies about cloning to get yourself acclimated. These five movies about cloning should do the trick, do the trick, do the trick.
"The Boys From Brazil"
One of the biggest ethical quandaries surrounding cloning can be summed up with a simple question: "What if they clone Hitler?" That question provides the hinge for the plot of this paranoid 70s thriller, in which Gregory Peck as Dr. Josef Mengele attempts to raise several clones of Hitler in the modern day under the same circumstances the real Hitler was raised. Luckily for The Free World, the plot is stumbled upon by Laurence Olivier's determined Nazi-hunter.
The third sequel in the "Alien" franchise had a big narrative problem to overcome after "Alien3": Sigourney Weaver's main character Ripley was killed at the end of it. So the filmmakers turned to that old science fiction narrative device: Cloning. Ripley 2.0 was cloned from a drop of the old Ripley's blood, along with a little bit of xenomorphic DNA. The result of that bit of Alien in her genes? She becomes really good at basketball. Just watch the movie, you'll get it.
WARNING: DO NOT READ THE NEXT PARAGRAPH IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN "MOON." ALSO, WHY THE HELL HAVEN'T YOU SEEN "MOON"? Duncan Bowie's scifi mystery hinges on a plot twist involving cloning - Sam Rockwell's lonely moon inhabitant is revealed to be just one in a series of clones by the insidious corporation that owns the moon base. It's a classic mind-twister.
"Universal Soldier: Regeneration"
Almost as bad as a clone of Hitler is a clone of Dolph Lundgren's insane Vietnam veteran from the movie "Universal Soldier." The guy has very little respect for human life - the ear necklace alone should indicate that easily enough. But that's exactly what Jean-Claude Van Damme has to contend with in "Universal Soldier: Regeneration." The final showdown between these two is one for the ages, as you might imagine.
"Never Let Me Go"
The private school kids (Kiera Knightly, Andrew Garfield, and Carey Mulligan) in "Never Let Me Go" have an interesting problem. They're clones, and they don't even know it. They've been cloned to provide their organs for people who need them - and ethical questions aside, it's a pretty bad deal for the clones. They're brought up to adulthood and systematically divested of their organs, and they don't live much into their 20s. It's incredibly depressing.