The Final Cut (2004)

logoDirector: Omar Naim

Writer: Omar Naim (Screenplay)

Starring: Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, Jim Caviezel, Mimi Kuzyk, Stephanie Romanov, Thom Bishops, Genevieve Buechner, Brendan Fletcher, Vincent Gale


Plot: In the future people have implants to record every moment of their lives. When people die their lives get re-memorised by people called cutters. Alan Hakman (Williams) is known as being the best in the business and when a new case comes up his life will change forever. Being haunted by a past memory and an old protégé Fletcher (Caviezel) turned activist against the implants comes back into his life.


Verdict: A thriller that builds up nicely but falls flat at the end

Story: This is an ambitious story using some very good ideas, using the idea we can have a short film of our lives at our funerals. This also shows how people will be against the idea. The film tries to tell these stories but fails to give enough attention to them not letting them grow. (6/10)


Actor Review: Robin Williams – He is the cutter who sees peoples every memory and puts them into a short montage on good memories for friends and families. In William’s time of trying to enter a more serious stage in his career this shows he can act with a cold, distant persona. This is one of his better performances but doesn’t create enough to make him truly shine. Star Performance Award (8/10)


Actor Review: Mira Sorvino – Plays a love interest of Alan and someone who he can confined in. Doesn’t get enough time on screen to shine, or for her characters potential to show. (5/10)


Actor Review: Jim Caviezel – An activist against the very art he has learnt, becomes a revolutionary villain who wants a change. Standard performance showing the basics of the character but could have had some more back story to show true motives. (6/10)


Actor Review: Mimi Kuzyk – Alan long-time colleague who can’t do the more violent cases. Nice supporting role but not enough time to make any real impact on the story. (6/10)


Director Review: Omar Naim – Brave story to direct, but lacks the full stories behind the characters the story requires. (6/10)

Thriller: A thriller that builds and builds but never has a final product. (6/10)

Sci-Fi: Good future idea not using any really over the top technology visually showing a much more real world with one addition piece of technology in humans. (7/10)

Believability: In the not too distant future we might very well have this technology but for now it isn’t the most believable. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: None (0/10)

Oscar Chances: None

Chances of Sequel: Nothing planned, but I feel it could have one for Fletcher’s character showing some of his motives.

Suggestion: I will always suggest a brave story idea to the more serious film fans whether I think the film is outstanding or average, as they will appreciate the ides in the film maybe not the execution. So this is one for the more serious film fan who loves ambitious ideas. (Try It)


Best Part: The Idea.

Worst Part: Loose ends in the story.


Overall: A brave ambitious film that never reaches it true potential


Rating 65%

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