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The Final Cut (2004)

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Set in a world with memory recording implants, Alan Hakman is 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Bannister
Liam Ranger ...
Legz the Tattoo Artist
Charles Bannister
Caroline Monroe


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La memoria de los muertos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$548,039 (USA) (5 November 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robin Williams also played a lead character named Alan, and shared the role with a child actor who plays Alan's younger self, in Jumanji (1995). See more »


If a person lived 60 years, excluding sleep, there would be over 350,000 hours of film. A cutter wouldn't live long enough to edit that much, even with fast forwarding. 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 »


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Music and Lyrics by Brian Tyler
Music arranged by Tim Davies
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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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