The Final Cut Review
Alan Hakman is a 'cutter', which means he is responsible for putting together the video highlights of your life when you die. If you are rich enough in the near future, you can have your unborn child fitted with a ZOE chip from the EYETECH Corporation which is totally organic and grows inside you. What is unique about the ZOE chip is that your whole life is recorded and when you die, your life's experiences are placed in the hands of the aforementioned 'cutter'. Alan is the best in the business and is the one who takes all the jobs no other cutter wants. Due to a childhood incident, he is detached from the world and only lives for his job and his on/off girlfriend, Delila played by Mira Sorvino.
When one of the executives responsible for the chip dies, Alan is asked to put together the Executive's life and present it to his widow and daughter. As you can imagine, the Executive, Charles Bannister certainly has some skeletons in his closet and Alan is pursued for the footage by a rogue 'cutter', Fletcher played by Jim Caviezel. What is clever about The Final Cut is that writer/director, Omar Naim weaves two separate stories involving Williams and neatly ties them up towards the end of the film.
Robin Williams has been never better. In this film he does not go into his famed 'over the top' mode and instead gives us a sympathetic performance as a tortured lonely middle-aged man. Ample support is given by Mira Sorvino in the few scenes she is in. Her final scene is strong and powerful and reminds us she is an Oscar winning actress, not just an attractive blonde who stars in bad comedies and dramas. (Although The Replacement Killers with Chow Yun Fat is brilliant!!) Jim Caviezel has a small'ish role and is effective as the rogue cutter wanting the footage of Bannister for his own ends. The movie however is Williams' all the way and as I mentioned above his performance is simply sensational. The script and direction by documentary filmmaker, Omar Naim is intelligent and for someone inexperienced behind a camera, he shows great promise for the future.