Final Cut – Movie Review
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Writer: Michel Hazanavicius (Screenplay)
Writer: Shin’ichiro Ueda, Ryoichi Wada (Original Story)
- Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)
- Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
- Gregory Gadebois (One of a Kind)
- Finnegan Oldfield (Nocturama)
- Matilda Lutz (Revenge)
Plot: Things go badly for a small film crew shooting a low-budget zombie movie when they are attacked by real zombies.
Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Final Cut starts as a film crew is shooting a zombie movie. Higurashi (Duris) is directing his stars, Natsumi (Bejo), Ken (Oldfield) Chinstsu (Lutz) on set when they get attacked by real zombies.
Jumping back a few weeks, we learn the truth behind the film shot. Remi (Duris) is hired to remake a Japanese movie about a zombie movie being shot, that turns real. This sees the team needing to come together for the single-shot movie.
Verdict on Final Cut
Final Cut is a horror comedy that is a remake of ‘One Cut of the Dead’. It follows a film crew trying to make a zombie movie, but things start going wrong along the way.
The clever side of this movie is that it addresses being a remake of something that was made in Japan. This is important because if you know the original, you know the chaos that is about to unfold. It brings deliberately bad acting to the movie, to show a low-budget side of the film being made. Only it looks like a well-made movie, it loses the low-budget look the original had, along with the chaotic nature. Losing the one-take concept doesn’t help too, despite it being about being one-take.
This movie relies on the beginning sequence and the chaotic end sequences. They are both longer sequences to keep everything entertaining. Any filmmaker would understand certain frustrations going on within the film too.
Where to Watch: Signature Entertainment presents Final Cut on Digital Platforms 7th of November.
Final Thoughts – Final Cut is an entertaining remake without the grit the original had.