The Final Cut

By | October 26, 2004

Robin Williams: The Final Cut

3.5 Stars

Over the weekend we saw The Final Cut, staring Robin Williams, Mira Sorvno, and Jim Caviezel. It was pretty good. I would actually recommend it. If you see it, you should be in the mood for a fairly slow movie though.

The premise:
“A Zoe Chip is placed in your brain at birth to record your entire life. When you die, the footage from you life is edited into a “Rememory” – A film shown at your funeral pieced together by an editor…” visit the site for the complete description

Overall I liked The Final Cut, but I think they could have done a few things better. I would have liked more information on how the Zoe implant program was started. And although I think I understand why they introduced Maira Sorvino’s character, I think maybe something may have been lost on the cutting room floor. She doesn’t really need to be in the film, at least not in the way it was edited. I would have liked to have seen more background there too.

The film did lose marks for visual quality. As we watched the movie, I could see digital artifacts, and slight compression. I started to assume that maybe this film had been shot on video. I found out later that the film is being presented digitally, using AMC’s proprietary Digital Theatre Distribution System (DTDS). The digital file of the movie is distributed to AMC theatre locations via satellite. Although I like the idea of this kind of distribution, I think the quality leaves a little to be desired.

Overall, I give The Final Cut a thumbs up.


1 Comment

emmitt_fan on October 29, 2004 at 2:55 pm.

I too liked the movie, but I’m a huge Robin Williams fan, and he plays his natural opposite very well, a sort of quiet desparation riddled with guilt and axiety. He’s good!

My big complaint is that they didn’t really say why people want the Zoe implant in the first place. What was the upside — an hour and a half movie at their own funeral? They should have woven something about the social phenomena more into the plot.

As for Sorvino, there should be more of her in the movie — it’s almost like scenes were cut to keep it short.

The 90 or so minutes flies by, which is the mark of a good film in my book.

Could you wait to rent it? Probably. I’d agree with Paul — the digital projection technology isn’t there yet. It looked like a giant big-screen TV rather than a movie.

Hope Emmitt is feeling better!

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