Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Final Cut 2004

The Final Cut

     This film is set in a future world where implanted microchips record all the moments of a person’s life and they are called Zoe implants.  When the person dies, the chip is removed and a cutter edits the images into a highlight reel for loved ones to view at the service.  There are organizations that oppose this development because they believe the memories belong to the person and not for later viewing by others.  Their slogan is to Remember for Yourself.  Alan Hakman is an expert at cutting but he is tormented by his job since he sees everything about the person’s life and his memories of his own past. 
     Alan doesn’t seem to have very much of a life of his own since he is too involved in the lives of other people.  Behind his back, he is called the Sin Eater because he removes unpleasant events from the memories.  I was a little surprised about the ending.  I kept thinking about the sadness within Robin Williams that this role allows him to show on his face and in this fictional life.  It is also sad that he was unable to conquer his own inner problems.   3 ½* (I liked this movie)

95 min, Sci-Fi directed by Omar Naim with Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino, Mimi Kuzyk, Stephanie Romanov, Thom Bishops, Genevieve Buechner, Brendan Fletcher, Vincent Gale, Casey Dubois.

Note:  Imdb 6.2 out of 10, 37% critic 46% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*.

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