The Final Cut|
Robin Williams plays a man who creates recorded histories for the recently deceased from the entire record of their memory implant. On his latest assignment, finds a connection to his childhood that... View more >
mature thematic material, some violence, sexuality and language
Starring Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino... View more >
Limited Release on 9/24/2004
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I'm not sure what it is about science fiction movies of late, but they all seem to have something interesting to say, but they don't get to the point and say it. Code 46 did this, and The Final Cut has done the same.
They start with an interesting premise. In this case, Robin Williams plays a "cutter," whose job it is to piece together the lifelong footage recorded by a person's neural implant into a nice "rememory" video that gets played at their funeral. Even when the person has been a less-than-perfect human being, he can forgive the sins of the deceased by neglecting those details and concentrating on the good parts of their lives.
As we find out in the very beginning of the movie, Williams' character has his own gruesome experiences that he would like to forget but always haunt him. One in particular arises when he is performing a task for a disreputable man and sees someone he thinks is from a harrowing childhood experience.
Toss on top of that suspensful storyline the ethical and moral implications of recording every moment of one's life plus your interactions with people who aren't aware that they're being recorded, and you have some compelling storytelling to do.
Unfortunately, that wasn't good enough for the writers, so they threw in Mira Sorvino's character who is tied to Williams romantically, but his dysfunctional outlook on life spoiled their relationship. She is wasted in the role, and it serves to further complicate the story unnecessarily.
Oh, and did I mention that there is a bad guy that is after Williams' latest project and will stop at nothing to get it?
Much like Code 46, this movie seemed to have something to say, but it didn't do a great job at saying it. The viewer is left unsatisfied at the end, and I have a sneaking suspicion that was the intent all along.
I don't need my stories all neatly wrapped up for me, but I'd like them to have a beginning and an end. The Final Cut only got that half right.