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The Final Cut

A movie directed by Omar Naim

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"There's no replacing your husband's life. He deserved a rememory."

  • Mar 19, 2009
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In the not-so-distant future, thanks to the invention of the Zoe Implant, those who can afford the device leave behind their life stories as lived, material, good and bad, to be edited by specially trained "cutters', the result a "rememory" film to share with the world, a sanitized view of the person's history, scrubbed of negative information. Alan Hakman (Robin Williams) is an expert cutter, one of the most skilled and in demand for the excellence of his work. Accepting an extremely difficult assignment, the man in question hiding venal secrets, Hakman is expected to erase this potential embarrassment for the widow of the deceased, the founder of the company that pioneered the Zoe Implants, although opposition groups desperately plot to access this material to discredit the entire project.

During the course of transcribing, the desperately lonely, work-obsessed Hakman accidentally discovers a piece of his own past, critical ties to an event that informed the direction of his entire life. Trapped in a web of personal need and repulsion for the man's personal history, Hakman is in an impossible conundrum, a victim of the technology that will either free or damn him. The key to Hakman's dilemma is the personal element that intrudes into the sterile environment of technology, where victory goes to the highest bidder and the well-being of the many is ignored for expedience. Hakman is a victim of his won resources, a creation of the society that spawned the industry. Like a drowning man coming up for the third time, Hakman is no match in the end for the advances of science, a direct consequence of the selling of souls. Luan Gaines.
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review by . March 23, 2010
The Final Cut is an intriguing film from 2004 starring Robin Williams. Alan Hakman (played by Williams) lives in a world where certain people (who have enough money) can pay to have their offspring implanted with a Zoe chip before they are born. These implants literally record every moment of one's life. After a person with the chip dies, a "cutter" takes the footage and edits it into a "Rememory", which is then played at the person's funeral. Alan is one of these "cutters" …
review by . May 16, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
FINAL CUT tries to be an obtuse story revolving around infant brain implants that secure memory for posterity, a process that upon death technicians known as 'cutters' can edit to present just the good parts of a person's life for their final "Rememory" service. Parents pay for the implant on their child: later grandchildren and widows/widowers celebrate the deceased in a movie that has subtracted anything negative from the manipulated departed. Sound like a good idea for a movie? Yes, and it has …
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An artist/writer, I have traveled the world, walked on the moon and learned the complicated language of humanity, the enormity of the universe... all through the written word. My first passport was a … more
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The Final Cut is a film written and directed by Omar Naim, released in 2004. The cast includes Robin Williams, James Caviezel, Mira Sorvino, Christopher Britton, and Genevieve Buechner. It was produced by the Canadian production company, Lions Gate Entertainment and filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and in Berlin, Germany. The film featured original music by Brian Tyler. The story takes place in a near future in which people can pay to have their babies implanted with memory chips. These "Zoe Implants", developed by EYE Tech company, record every moment of their lives, so that they may be viewed by loved ones after one's death. The plot centers on Alan Hakman (Williams), a cutter, whose job it is to edit the Zoe footage into a feature-film length piece, called a "Rememory".

The Final Cut is about subjectivity, memory and history; posing the question, "If history is what is written and remembered, then what happens when memories are edited and rewritten?" The topic is similarly dealt with in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, wherein the protagonist works for the "Ministry of Truth", a bureaucracy charged with re-writing history so as to reflect the current stance of Big Brother.

The film won the award for best screenplay at the Deauville Film Festival and was nominated for best film at the Catalonian International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

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