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The Final Cut (2004)



Critic Consensus: The Final Cut fails to make compelling use of its intriguing premise and talented cast, settling for a middling sci-fi drama that never justifies its pretensions.

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First-time filmmaker Omar Naim wrote and directed the sci-fi drama The Final Cut. Set in the near future, the story concerns a device implanted in the body that is capable of recording a person's entire life. Once it is extracted from the body after death, the footage can be played back on a screen in the form of "rememories." Robin Williams plays Alan Hakman, an editor who cuts together the footage to make pleasant movies for funerals. Tormented by his job and his own memories, Alan also has a troubled romantic relationship with bookseller Delila (Mira Sorvino). While looking through footage for his next project, Alan discovers a man whom he believes is from his own past. Meanwhile, former editor Fletcher (James Caviezel) wants the footage for his own purposes. The Final Cut was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004.

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Robin Williams
as Alan Hakman
Jim Caviezel
as Fletcher
Mimi Kuzyk
as Thelma
Stephanie Romanov
as Jennifer Bannister
Genevieve Buechner
as Isabel Bannister
Casey Dubois
as Young Alan (9)
Liam Ranger
as Youg Louis (9)
Joely Collins
as Legz, The Tattoo Artist
Michael St. John Smith
as Charles Bannister
Christopher Britton
as Jason Monroe
Wanda Cannon
as Caroline Monroe
Chaka White
as Pregnant Woman On Bus
Don Ackerman
as Tattooed Man
Sarah Deakins
as Eliza Monroe
George Gordon
as Daniel Monroe
Spencer Achtymichuk
as Jason Monroe (6)
Erin Wright
as Battered Woman
Emy Aneke
as Security Guard
Stephen Dimopoulos
as Uncle Murray
Wendy Noel
as Guest #1
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Guest #2
Peter Hall
as Adult Louis
Johnna Wright
as Mrs. Hakman
Blu Mankuma
as Zoe Tech Representative
Richard Hendery
as Balding Man
Jim Francis
as Professor
Lisa Bunting
as Sobbing Woman
Doreen Eby
as Delivery Nurse
Elizabeth Urrea
as Patient Parent
Barbara Krebesova
as Squabbling Wife
Kolja Liquette
as Squabbling Husband
Bryan Elliot
as Pregnant Woman's Husband
Ryan Gates
as Aging Man
Mike Jocelyn
as Business Man
Kevin Mundy
as Toasting Guy
Katina Robillard
as Pretty Woman
Anne Whitemole
as Friend #2
Darren Hird
as Voice Of Danny Monroe
Suzy Stingl
as Swing Girl
Rick Pearce
as Screeching Car Driver
Carolyn Field
as Screeching Car Passenger
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Critic Reviews for The Final Cut

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (32)

Forgive me, but The Final Cut should really be the one where you turn off the camera and go do something far more interesting; like maybe taking out the garbage.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's not quite as smart as it thinks it is.

October 20, 2004

It's nice to see Mira Sorvino who has sort of wobbled about since winning the Oscar about ten years ago she is very good in this film.

October 19, 2004

Williams has extraordinary success in channeling this other person. How strange that the same actor can play some of the most uninhibited of all characters, and some of the most morose.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This debut from writer-director Omar Naim is cut-and-dried sci-fi thriller business.

October 15, 2004 | Full Review…

The lack of imagination, given the initial premise, is astounding.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Final Cut

Technology is developed that allows recording of one's entire life. Why? So that once yer dead your relatives can make a memorial film clip of your life. While not the expected use of such capabilities it's the set-up for Williams to play a man whose job it is to shape those recorded lifetimes into Disney-fied music videos (cue Phillip Glass-like score). Problems herein include the predictable privacy concerns, a dead tech wizard's possibly incriminating and thus exploitable past, as well as Williams own personally troubling past. It's not bad insofar as a interesting sci-fi idea explored goes, but somehow fails to connect. Williams, Sorvino and Caviezel all perform well for the newbie director/writer Naim who only lacks focus IMO., delivering a tale nicely reminiscent of 1950's pulp sci-fi.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

God, I hate Robin Williams! One of the world's most overrated actors is terribly pouty and rigid in THE FINAL CUT. He's not alone, though. Most of the top players in this film are awful as well. Between the script's huge deficiencies, the many plot holes, the underdeveloped characters and Fletcher's (Jim Caviezel) fake beard, the film fails miserably, even more so considering its alluring concept. The score by Bryan Tyler is incredible (and that's about it).

Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda

Super Reviewer

Interesting concept with a somewhat anticlimactic ending. Robin Williams is understated and slightly creepy as the sin-eating cutter, and I always love Jim Caviezel.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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