What You Need To Know:
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.
(B, C, Pa, FR, LL, VV, SS, N, A, D, M) Light moral worldview with light redemptive element, undercut by some strong foul language, violence and brief strong sexual content, and false religious element where man tries to expiate guilt of dead people without repentance; eight obscenities (no “f” words), three strong profanities, five light profanities, and boy picks scab and eats it; violence, some of it strong, includes images of boy falling from height and surrounded by pool of blood, man shot in chest, tattoo making shown with some blood, implied child sexual abuse, woman slaps man, woman shoots machine with gun, man hit with protest sign, and threats of violence; brief depicted intercourse, implied fornication, discreetly implied incest, discreetly implied child sexual abuse, and reference to masturbation; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying, man hides dead people’s sins and people break into office building at night.
GENRE: Science Fiction Drama
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 deliver the kind of serious entertainment that the filmmakers clearly want it to provide.
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.
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