The Final Cut (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  15 October 2004 (USA)
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Set in a world with memory implants, Robin Williams plays a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger.


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The story is set in a world where implanted microchips can record all moments of an individual's life. The chips are removed upon death so the images can be edited into something of a highlight reel for loved ones who want to remember the deceased. Caviezel portrays the leader of the organization that opposes this technology's development. Written by Bubba

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Every moment of your life recorded. Would you live it differently? See more »

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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15 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La memoria de los muertos  »

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$226,296 (USA) (15 October 2004)


$135,856 (Brazil) (8 April 2005)

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Robin Williams again plays a leading role as the character named Alan. As such in Jumangi. See more »


When Fletcher is threatening Alan, as we cut to a wide shot, his mouth stops moving but the audio continues. See more »


[first lines]
Young Louis - 9: Can I play?
Young Alan - 9: Do you have any marbles?
Young Louis - 9: Yep.
[reaches into his pocket]
Young Alan - 9: Okay.
Young Louis - 9: Thanks.
Young Alan - 9: You're welcome. So what's your name?
Young Louis - 9: Louis. Yours?
Young Alan - 9: Alan.
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »


Composed by Andrew Lockington
Performed by Maryem Tollar
Produced by Andrew Lockington and Ron Searles
Published by Absurd Music
Courtesy of Lions Gate Records
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29 December 2006 | by (Manhattan Beach CA) – See all my reviews

Reminiscent of "Blade Runner," "The 13th Floor" and "Dark City," "The Final Cut" doesn't deserve to disappear into oblivion without its own microchip. It's a dark film, a complex film, but its premise is one you will not have seen before. The "cutters" -- like the Robin Williams character -- are like film editors, but your entire life is the film or tape to be edited. Of course, there are ethical questions. Who doesn't have whole sections of their lives that they would not want their family -- or even strangers -- to see? It is not a rant against corporate giants or anything like that. It's science fiction, not documentary. It's a directorial debut, which is all the more amazing. And the director/writer is still under 30. The setting is deliberately dark, like the subject matter, but the director makes the decision to avoid futuristic trappings -- nobody riding around in jet cars or wearing aluminum-foil suits -- and that makes it even more accessible. Why wasn't it a hit? It probably wasn't promoted by its distributor. With only one major star (Williams) and few special effects, it isn't the kind of thing that brings teen-age boys to the cineplex. But I just saw it and wouldn't mind seeing it again -- and I almost never do that.

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