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It's not quite as smart as it thinks it is.
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.
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.
This debut from writer-director Omar Naim is cut-and-dried sci-fi thriller business.
The lack of imagination, given the initial premise, is astounding.
This first feature from writer-director Omar Naim is unusually accomplished.
A sleepy, boring, and utterly forgettable thriller...
Most significantly, the film underscores the fact that the meaning of our lives ultimately comes from somewhere outside of ourselves.
It's the sort of role Williams usually plays in "serious" films; tamping down his manic comic energy always leaves him seeming enervated.
Robin Williams edita con estoica convicción, los pecados de los hombres.
A solid thriller through most of its 105-minute run. Sadly, the film comes to a sudden, and dissatisfying, halt.
O melhor aspecto do filme reside na maneira inteligente com que discute as implicações sociais e morais de sua premissa - a marca registrada de toda boa ficção científica.
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.
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).
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.
The Final Cut is more than just a thriller. It offers a fascinating premise and works on it in an excellent manner. We are shown the damage such "recorded memories" can have but also the peace they can bring to loved ones. Williams centers the film around his fabulously detached performance. He's a man who has lived all his life with the guilt of his own memories as well as spending the majority of his adult life experiencing the lives of others. Opposite WIlliams we have Caviezel who again does an outstanding job as a supposed "villain" with more morals than that of our hero. All points of view are clearly expressed which makes for a wonderfully thought provoking piece of entertainment. Unfortunately not all avenues are explored to their full extent. This would have made one hell of a TV show which could have chronicled Cutting and Rememories from their initial inception. The film is rather complex and doesn't give us an easy answer to the questions it raises. Unfortunately now I just want to know more about the world in which the film is set. For once here's hoping for a remake or TV show in a few decades to further explore a wonderful idea.
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