The Final Cut (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA/Canada/Germany, 2004.  Lions Gate Entertainment, Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Industry Entertainment, Cinetheta.  Screenplay by Omar Naim.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Embarrassing film that could only have attracted its big name stars with impressive pay cheques; there’s no way that the script could have made any sense on paper, since it certainly doesn’t make much of it on the screen. Robin Williams plays a film editor in a slightly futuristic world where people have microchips implanted in their brains to record their entire lives from their viewpoint. The final product, retrieved after an implanted person’s death, is then spliced down into a charming montage by a “cutter” who presents the memory selections at the person’s funeral for the family’s enjoyment. Trouble is, what gets left out and what gets kept in raises questions of honesty, legitimacy and ethics. Williams himself is plagued by memories from his childhood that aren’t helped by the recent assignment of a noted businessman’s memories that feature criminal activity, or the angry protestors led by  who want the very existence of ‘rememories’ to be destroyed. Mira Sorvino appears in a small role as Williams’ girlfriend, and is quite lovely, but the screenplay’s various threads never come together and the whole thing is a boring, unintelligible mess.

Berlin Film Festival:  In Competition

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