Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, Jim Caviezel
Bluntly speaking? Final Cut is going to burrow into your psyche
and make you wonder a bit. It's a smart, dark, glimpse into cerebral science's
possible paths and the menacing state of civil rights' future. The subjects explored
are wonderfully discomforting.
Cut subtly examines the ever-more-intrusive route of information technology
brilliantly. Its messages leans toward anti-Big Brotherish, while the post Modernistic
Twilight Zoney-extended-episode-feeling stitched into elaborated factual advances
of science makes for exhilarating, "What's next
" or "What
" discussions on the way home from the theater - and great film making.
The production's deep feel is deliciously dark and futuristic - steel mahogany
infused celluloid. .
The Zoë Corporation has been around for about 40 years. They produce
a microchip that is implanted into the brain at birth by loving parents. This
thoughtful device literally records your every memory and when you die, it is
removed, downloaded and cleverly edited by one of their "Cutters" into
a kind of non-hosted "This-Was-Your-Life" documentary short.
chip records absolutely everything from the mundane to the extraordinary, from
the good to the bad or evil. The job of the Cutter is to take from these billions
of memories and present an edited, nicer, proper version of your life in a memorial
called a Rememory for your loved ones.
Naturally a Cutter sees everything
- there are no secrets. It's an intimate, disturbing, job.
Hackman (Robin Williams) is a "Cutter" reputed to be the best in the
biz. He's a pro at kind of Disneyfying even the worst of folks. Alan has personal
reasons for wanting to edit the lives of others into these neat little capsules
when his editing specialties get him involved with an all-around-corporate sleazstack/pervert,
named Bannister, Alan's conscience re-awakes and his past, in many forms, comes
this Bannister character was the head of a questionable corporation and a stellar
scumbag. His many volumes of secrets - his unedited life-recording - could assist
the anti-Zoë, anti-chip, coalition in many ways.
an ex-Cutter with a big chip, but on his shoulder, named Fletcher (Jim Caviziel).
He pleads with Alan to hand over the chip for the better of man. What's Alan to
back in Alan's darker mind crevices, while in pursuit of his own personal demons,
he discovers something that is to have a profound affect on his life's documentary.
We learn Alan's life work of purifying others' pasts stems from his own frightful
event from his childhood - and the guilt he carries like a trek mule. Technology
is about to help Alan's conscience step out from the murky memories and into clear
focus. But is it too late?
Williams thrives in this darker, gray area, character skin. Here, as solemn Alan
Hackman, he serves up a yet another subtle performance that screams in volumes
with its undertow of inner rage and confusion.
main nemesis Fletcher, played by Jim Caveziel, is not as subtle - and frankly
the man seems to be wearing some sort of Halloween-style pirate's beard. Dunno
what they were thinking here - but it was as distracting as the man is beautiful.
Fletcher came off kinda like a studied chapter from 'Bad-Guy Acting for Dummies'
as well - not what what one expects from Jimmy.
eva-beautiful Mira Sorvino shows as Delilah, Alan's patient girlfriend and as
always this gal radiates.
Final Cut has a few flamboyant
faux pas within all the filmatic brilliance...but the over-all experience remarkably
thoughtful, artful, and engaging. Enjoy Buy
Snack recommendation: Salmon hand rolls