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Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Final Cut

**** The Final Cut. Science fiction. Directed by: Omar Naim. Starring: Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, James Caviezel, Mimi Kuzyk

This DVD was a stocking stuffer for Carl this last Christmas, and we finally got around to watching it.

Alan Hakman (Robin Williams) is a "cutter," in a future world where some people have implants recording every moment of their lives. He edits the footage after someone dies, producing a movie of their life for their friends and family. Unlike Speaker for the Dead, honesty isn't what counts--it's whatever whoever's paying the bill wants.

Things get complicated when an ex-cutter (James Caviezel) heads an activist group fighting against the rememories, and even more so when Alan sees someone from a traumatic event in his past in someone's memory and decides to track down what really happened.

It's an interesting premise, and Robin Williams is, of course, wonderful in it. Some of the concepts are a little far-fetched--for example, it seemed odd that recording memories is something an activist group would get violent about, but then it's science fiction, and far-fetched is part of the deal. It also seemed more than a little odd to me that the only use made of this expensive and elaborate technology is a short movie at the end of someone's life, and that the only objection seemed to be that "people should remember what they remember, not what someone else tells them to remember."

But as far as it went, it was an entertaining movie.

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