In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.
By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.
In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German ... See full summary »
Hannah Taylor Gordon,
Tommy Wilhelm (Robin Williams) is a salesman. An honest, hard-working guy who has lost his job, his girlfriend, and left part of his sanity behind as he heads to New York to pick up the ... See full summary »
Richard B. Shull,
Joe's a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (... See full summary »
Kids show host Rainbow Randolph is fired in disgrace while his replacement, Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino, finds himself a rising star. Unfortunately for Sheldon, the kid's TV business isn't all child's play.
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
Pink Floyd's 1983 album, The Final Cut, shares a character with this film, Fletcher (named after Roger Water's father). It isn't clear if this connection is deliberate, but the album also features overtones of tragic loss and memories. See more »
When the movie dollies back to a wide shot of Alan doing his work with a large number of little screens in the background, one of the scenes on the left shows the supposed subject looking at a urinal. From there, the subject turns around and looks at a mirror, revealing a woman holding a camcorder. See more »
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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