The Final Cut: Rob McEwan
Gregory Kirschling
October 13, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Final Cut

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/15/04
performer
Robin Williams, James Caviezel, Mira Sorvino, Stephanie Romanov
director
Omar Naim
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Omar Naim
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

In The Final Cut, Robin Williams plays a guy named Alan Hakman. This is winking for two reasons. First, in the film’s sci-fi high concept, Hakman is a ”cutter,” a bereavement professional who downloads dead people’s memories from a chip in their brains then hacks them into pleasant little home movies to show at their funerals. Second, ”Hakman” is clearly an homage to Gene Hackman and his work in The Conversation, another chamber thriller about a lonely master of surveillance who, thanks to a dark assignment, starts to snap out of his job-induced torpor.

But while The Conversation is quiet and sinister, The Final Cut is quiet and sleepy. Once again, Williams zealously sits on himself, but this time a little of the Patch Adams sentimentality seeps in: Hakman, with his permanently pinched expression, always looks like he’s either just about to murder someone, or just about to cry. If there are decent, human, post?Good Will Hunting roles for the actor somewhere between the manic and the catatonic, Williams hasn’t found them.

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