THE FINAL CUT
Release Date: October 15, 2004
Genre: Science Fiction Drama
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Director: Omar Naim PRODUCER: Nick Wechsler
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GENRE: Science Fiction Drama
Robin Williams stars as Alan Hackman, a dour middle-aged man who works as a cutter. A cutter is a person who edits video implants giving detailed video and audio footage of a person’s memories. The relatives of a deceased person give the cutter the implant, and the cutter puts together a one-hour memorial service recalling the best, most important moments of the loved one’s life.
Alan specializes in editing the memories of nasty, evil people. He sanitizes their lives for relatives who only want to remember the good parts.
Alan gets a job of editing the memories of one of the ruthless executives running the controversial video implant company. He discovers that the man probably molested his young daughter. He also discovers a clue to one of his own guilty memories. Alan’s discoveries result in dangerous intrigue where his life is at stake.
This story ultimately fails because it tries to tell two major plots. The first plot involves the evil dead executive, and the second plot involves Alan’s own guilty memory. Further complicating matters is a plot involving a young woman about half Alan’s age with whom he is having a sexual relationship. A house divided like this cannot stand.
Another problem with THE FINAL CUT is that Alan, as performed by Mr. Williams, is not a very interesting detective. This movie is patterned after Francis Ford Coppola’s classic THE CONVERSATION, starring Gene Hackman, but that movie focused on only one mystery and Gene Hackman’s character is much more likable and admirable. Also, although his character was paid for spying on people’s lives, his conscience gradually awakens.
Thus, while THE FINAL CUT provocatively touches on some interesting, complex issues, it is not ultimately satisfying.
Furthermore, although the movie has a light moral worldview with some redemptive touches, it contains some strong foul language, some muddled theology and brief sexual content. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
THE FINAL CUT is a slow-moving, beautifully photographed science fiction drama with an intense look at profound issues like memory, guilt, moral responsibility, and evil. The characters and the plot are not fully engaging, however, so the movie ultimately fails to provide the kind of serious entertainment that the filmmakers clearly want to provide. Although the movie has a light moral worldview with some redemptive touches, it contains some strong foul language, some muddled theology and brief sexual content. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.