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.


(as Omar Naïm)


(as Omar Naïm)
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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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$135,856 (Brazil) (8 April 2005)

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This movie does not appear to take place in our universe nor share its time-line. Cars, homes, dress, and furnishings sometimes appear to be from our past or present, while certain technologies, obviously, do not yet exist in our world. Therefore, it does not matter if the events take place in a present, past, or future. In fact, no date is ever revealed nor mentioned in the movie. Even the tombstones in the graveyard scene have no birth or death dates. See more »


When Allen is shot he looks at his hand and sees blood on it. His index finger is clean and in the next shot the index finger is covered in blood. 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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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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A Dark Look at the Meaning of Memories
19 October 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"The Final Cut" is a dark cross between "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "One-Hour Photo" and "Citizen Kane."

While this is an original screenplay by writer/director Omar Naim, it is faithful to a Philip Dick-type imagining of a techno-world in the not-so-distant future, with the bleakness, of both the excellent production design, cinematography, music and the story, only briefly mitigated.

I like how gradually we see the explanations and issues of memories from many different view points and issues, while one lives and dreams and how one lives on in other people's memories, as a multiplier effect in touching other people and our own souls.

Just as the interviews of family recall the journalist trying to understand Kane, the fine scene is a nice visual play on his famous mystifying "Rosebud," ironically demonstrating that someone outside one's head can never understand what is significant and meaningful to an individual, what goes into making that unique personality.

While I'm not sure it's such a bombshell that eulogies --in this case as visually edited "re-memories" culled from brain implants--are whitewashes (as pointedly satirized by Tom Wolfe in "Bonfire of the Vanities") and the political protesters seemed almost to be satirically out of a T. C. Boyle novel, James Caviezel's seriousness keeps them out of Unabomber territory.

One awkward miscast is Mira Sorvino. As if it's not already obvious why a Robin Williams would be attracted to a blonde bombshell, another layer of motivation is added, but it just makes absolutely no sense why she was drawn to him. Not only does this seem yet another instance of film's older man/younger woman tendencies, the character would have made a lot more sense as an older woman with a past.

The effective multiple screens showing the editing of "re-memories" may be difficult to distinguish on the eventual DVD, but I wasn't sure if the blown-up look was from projection issues.

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