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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(as Omar Naïm)
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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

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


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

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In the scene where Alan is reviewing newspaper clippings regarding Bannister's death, the final byline regarding Bannister's heart attack is written by "A Karpov." Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov, PhD is a Russian chess grandmaster and former World Champion. He was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985 when he was defeated by Garry Kasparov. 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 »


[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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Loved the film's moral dilemas
21 April 2004 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

I saw "The Final Cut" at the Berlin Film Festival, I was surprisingly absorbed by the questions raised. The plot evoked feelings I felt after reading, George Orwell's, "1984". The questions of privacy and morality.

As a first film, Omar Naim does a credible job at directing Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, and Jim Caviziel. Their preformances matched the morbidity of the world created in the film. Some of Robin's most reserved and pulled back acting, great seeing Caviziel transform from Jesus to a villan. Thom Bishops who I never heard of before was suprisingly impressive as the light point in the film.

To me, this film comes at a time when this subject is pertinent as social commentary on where our society is headed.

There was a couple of plot holes though, and I felt that the romance between Mira Sorvino's character and Robin's could have been more developed.

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