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The Final Cut

The Final Cut

“In the end, he sees everything.”

Movie: The Final Cut

Rating: Rated pg13


Director and Writer: Omar Naim

Release Date: October 15, 2004 (Limited)

Cast: Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino

In the not so distant future, our lives are digitally recorded at the decision of our parents. Everything you say, everything you hear, and everything you see is recorded to the virtually, undetectable Zoe Implant. After your death, it is the job of a “cutter” to edit your entire life into a fitting memorial called, a Rememory. Alan Hakman (Robin Williams) is the best in the business; after taking his latest assignment, he witnesses a scene from his past that has haunted him for life. In a race against time, Alan’s life is put on the line in order to find out the truth about his life and the real reason he has become the person he is today.

I loved the way the film did the fight of immortality versus morality. The way you were able to express your own views on if it was right to see life through another person’s eyes. This battle of right and wrong was the center of the film and I feel they did a good job of allowing the audience to enter into this dilemma. Having the audience plunge into this other world and feel as if they are interacting makes a suspenseful film worthwhile. In my eyes, allowing an audience to feel the rush, break away from their lives, and enter into another, it is the entire base of suspense films.

Robin Williams gives a great performance as the clueless, Alan Hakman. Throughout the film, Robin’s character is oblivious to the world around him; and his feelings for both the living, and dead, are minute. Alan’s love and joy, with Delila, is so short and sporadic that it had no place in the film. His life revolves around his cutting machine and work. He feels as if his work is cleansing the dead of their sins, and he strives for perfection.

Jim Caviezel plays as Fletcher; the ex-cutter turned activist, and he’s good at being bad. Fletcher is against the Zoe Implant and he feels as if the “cutters” have an unprecedented power. Jim Caviezel did a good job with molding the bad guy into an ambition driven nemesis. I enjoyed the way he made the character appear to have tunnel vision; Fletcher didn’t care about the living, or the dead. He was driven to complete his task to better mankind; no matter what the costs, no matter what the risks.

The Final Cut is a decent suspense film; with a thickening plot and two well performing actors, this is a good film to pick up. Robin’s films vary from bad, good, and sometimes, just plain horrible. He’s made comedies, dramas, family films, and suspense films; the latest of his are suspense films and he’s doing a fine job of them. My favorite of them so far has been One Hour Photo followed by, The Final Cut. With Robin Williams, you either like, or hate his work.