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Final Cut, The

In the near future, a device called “The Zoe Implant” can record everything a man sees and experiences so that when he dies, his loved ones can have a remembering ceremony where they get to see the good things of his/her life through the deceased’s own eyes. These ceremonies get prepared by a “cutter” who’s job it is to make sure only the good things remain. Alan Hackman (Williams) is the best cutter around and when a corporate lawyer from Eye Tech (creators of the Zoe implant) dies, his widow asks Alan to do the cutting.

However, since Bannister, the lawyer, is the first high-ranking Eye Tech employee who’s implant has been freed up, the opponents of the implant are very keen on getting their hands on it as they believe it contains valuable data they can use against Eye Tech. While Alan is doing his best to do a decent cutting, he sees a man in the footage he presumed had died. While the web around him is closing, he starts on a search to find out more about the man and even puts his life on the risk to do so…

Sound and Vision:
The image contains great detail and has good contrast. Dutch Filmworks really delivers this time as compression errors were nowhere to be found and grain or other problems were also absent.

The DTS track that we checked out is most of the time very subtle but also nicely detailed. However, on certain scenes it really shows its strength and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the experience. Great work!


Although The Final Cut is described as a sci-fi thriller, don’t expect any hi-tech action scenes with car chases and stuff. Instead, director Omar Raim puts us before a very interesting dilemma about whether or not people would act differently when they know they are being recorded and whether those recordings should be public property, much in a “1984” way. Therefore, I would rather see The Final Cut as a slow-paced social-inspired drama with some thriller and sci-fi elements and as such, the movie really excells.

Robin Williams is perfectly cast as Alan Hackman. He nicely shows us a man who’s life has been influenced by an action he did as a kid and which he over time remembers incorrectly.
Dutch Filmworks has also done a terrific job on the technical part, only too bad that the version we got to check out didn’t have any extras.

Our Score:

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