Final Cut

Directed By: Omar Naim Starring: Robin Williams Mira Sorvino

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Welcome to the not-too-distant future, where implanted microchips record every single moment of a person's life. Upon death, it becomes the job of a "cutter" like Alan Hakman (Oscar-winner Robin Williams) to edit down the deceased's entire lifetime into a fitting memorial film. For years, he has used his god-like power of final cut to absolve the dead of a multitude of sins. But when, on his latest assignment, he views a terrible secret that can't be erased, Hakman finds his own life in jeopardy in this riveting science fiction thriller.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40706153
UPC 031398169659
UPC 14 00031398169659
Format DVD
Release Date 1/9/2007
Rating Rating
Keywords
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Mystery
Psychodrama
Revenge
Suspense
Technology
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Omar Naim's futuristic science-fiction story generates many mysterious, alluring, and thought-provoking questions about memory, surveillance, and the ethics of personal privacy. Set in the future, THE FINAL CUT offers a vision of a world where soon-to-be parents agree to let doctors surgically implant memory chips into the brains of their unborn children. These memory chips are like video cameras with infinite tape stock that comprehensively record the lives of their hosts through the hosts' own eyes--for better or for worse. When a host dies, a "cutter"--played here by an eerily introspective Robin Williams--receives the memory chip footage from the deceased person's family in order to edit the memories for a palatable funereal screening, called a "rememory." But are memories public or private? Is it fair for a cutter to decide what comprises a host's life story? And do people behave differently knowing that someone will view their lives, even their most intimate and discreet moments, as a short film? THE FINAL CUT's use of sharp and furtive handheld camera footage to depict the perspective of memory, set in contrast with the evenly measured cinematography of the rest of the film, constantly foregrounds the medium of film as memory-capturing and memory-making device. With an understated politic and a tightly wound narrative, this film delivers an open-minded and sophisticated meditation on ethics and technology, guilt and redemption, and the property rights of one's own cerebral cortex.
Directors
Omar Naim
Actors
Robin Williams
Mira Sorvino
Cast & Crew
Brendan Fletcher - Actor
Dede Allen - Editor
Genevieve Buechner - Actor
James Caviezel - Actor
Mimi Kuzyk - Actor
Mira Sorvino - Actor
Nick Wechsler - Producer
Omar Naim - Screenplay
Omar Naim - Director
Robert Brakey - Editor
Robin Williams - Actor
Stephanie Romanov - Actor
Tak Fujimoto - Cinematographer
Thom Bishops - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 16965
UPC 00031398169659
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The movie is bookended with the story of a childhood tragedy that may have twisted Alan into the Cut
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Review One of the year's few sci-fi films that actually takes itself seriously, and a movie that goes a lon
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Reviewer William Arnold
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Williams,Robin
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun A slick sci-fi thriller that comes complete with enough twists to keep audiences satisfied and enough moral quandaries to keep the thinkers happy.
Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer A satisfyingly eerie thriller.

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