This film is so fragmented, It kept me wondering where the director was trying to go. The concept and story line were there, but the film itself went every direction but where it should have. It made some sense, yet made no sense at all.What would it be like to be able to record every single moment of your life? Imagine having a camera in your head, complete with audio. That's the concept of The Final Cut. I zipped this film into the DVD player, with quite high hopes, unfortunately, they were quickly to be dashed.
Robin Williams plays the role of a "cutter." An individual that takes the recorded life of the deceased, and edits those memories down for a Rememory. Funerals are now a thing of the past. When it's time to gather to remember the deceased, you sit inside a theater and watch moments recorded by the Zoe (zo-e) implant that's implanted prior to birth. Oh yes, you even get to watch your own birth.
The "cutter" has access to every single moment of your life. It matters not how personal those moments are. Whether these moments are good or bad, the Cutter sees it all.
The individual in our story he's working on had approximately 544 thousand hours of scenery to be edited. Robin Williams (a/k/a Alan in our film) will edit this life history ending up with about two hours of final product. The "project" as the deceased individual is known, turns out to be a former corporate attorney for EYE Corporation, the company that sells you the Zoe implant. Obviously, since this individual was an attorney, they had access to all of the most secret goings on inside the EYE firm.
Do you see where we are going with this yet?
Enter stage left our extremists who oppose the implant. They're everywhere, protesting the invasion of privacy in their own personal lives since anyone who has the implant will also record their images and movements. The leader of this group (played by Jim Caviezel) and also a former Cutter now has a plot to expose the EYE corporation for what it's really doing to society.
Overall, I was bored with this film almost from the start. There are a couple of sub-plots thrown in to try and keep our interest, but overall, you tend to go "What the hell?" when the direction of the film changes. There is no continuity so the film doesn't flow at all. Williams seemed to be somewhat bored with the role he was playing. Caviezel seemed almost too psychotic for the character he was trying to pull off.
The ending really pissed me off.Omar Naim wrote and directed The Final Cut. He's one of the youngest directors in the business, and it shows in this film. I'm not slamming the guy, I simply think that as he becomes more experienced, his work will hopefully improve. I suggest you avoid The Final Cut. Even the opening sequences don't really need to be there.