The Final Cut
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not quite as smart as it thinks it is."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"This debut from writer-director Omar Naim is cut-and-dried sci-fi thriller business."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Robin Williams edita con estoica convicción, los pecados de los hombres."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
"If the ending is predictable and even anti-climactic, chalk it up to a first effort. The rest of the film, brilliantly shot by Tak Fujimoto, is worth a look-see."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Reminiscent of science fiction cautionary tales like Gattaca and anything written by Philip K. Dick, The Final Cut is a must-see."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A sleepy, boring, and utterly forgettable thriller..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A solid thriller through most of its 105-minute run. Sadly, the film comes to a sudden, and dissatisfying, halt."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"The message of The Final Cut is clear: memories can't be trusted, and neither can Canadians."
‑ Brian Juergens, Freeze Dried Movies
"I'm frankly amazed the foolish, cheap-looking thing didn't go straight to the Sci-Fi Channel."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Most significantly, the film underscores the fact that the meaning of our lives ultimately comes from somewhere outside of ourselves."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Naim's script is intelligent, but not always easy to follow. It is an example of a fully adult science fiction film and one that does not require any special effects."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"Everything of minor interest in the piece (and Williams' late career) is crystallized in the lyrics to the maudlin Pink Floyd song that bears this film's name."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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