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The Final Cut (2004)

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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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Storyline

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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Your life wasn't what you thought it was. 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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11 November 2004 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

La memoria de los muertos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$135,856 (Brazil) (8 April 2005)
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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 »

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When Bannister takes his daughter into his study, he closes the door. The visual record is shot along the length of his arm, so either his eyes are in the middle of his chest, of the camera was shooting from too low. See more »

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Fletcher: It's for the greater good, Alan. Your life will mean something. I promise.
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4 Seasons/Spring
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Written and Composed by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (as The Royal Philharmonic)
Published by Extreme Music Library PLC
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music
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Cerebral Version of Brainstorm that Doesn't Quite Cut It
28 March 2005 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Unlike Brainstorm (1983), The Final Cut tries to introduce the fascinating idea of recorded memory, yet the final product doesn't quite make the cut. This intriguing idea isn't developed well in its subtle controversy and the storyline plays more like a mystery thriller with a typical horror movie ending. Brainstorm gave us virtual reality, a fantastic vision along with some of the more high production value focus on a singular plot line. In the Final Cut, there are two story lines attempting to interweave themselves in some form of fancy twist when only one plot would have been sufficient. The Final Cut tries too hard to impress. Robin Williams' character isn't much of a stretch from his earlier more innovative dramatic works such as Insomnia (2002), Death to Smoochy (2002), One Hour Photo (2002). Even as early as The Fisher King (1991) and Awakenings (1990) or Dead Poet's Society (1989), such earlier characters were more compelling. Here as Alan Hakman, we've seen his portrayal before and there isn't much in the way of substance here, it's almost as if Mr. Williams is operating on inertia in this movie or that the character as developed by the script didn't really have much more. In One Hour Photo, Mr. Williams character was empty, but his performance was stark and captivating nonetheless. The Final Cut is more confusing, cerebral trying to have a heart, yet it ends mostly in tatters without any real satisfaction. Six out of Ten Stars.


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