A rich, evil man, probably a child abuser, has died and his wealthy widow hires Hakman to create a Rememory of her husband. Caviezel portrays the leader of the organization that opposes this technology's development. Later that day, he leaves the city with his parents. When Fletcher , a former cutter, confronts him at a , Hakman describes himself as a , who brings redemption to the immoral. The story is set in a world where implanted microchips can record all moments of an individual's life.
With an understated politic and a tightly wound narrative, this film delivers an open-minded and sophisticated meditation on ethics and technology, guilt and redemption, and the property rights of one's own cerebral cortex. Hakman races to the ground and panics when he steps in what he thinks is Louis' blood. The film takes place in a setting where memory implants make it possible to record entire lives. Their entire lives, and Alan's, are vicarious. Williams is able to channel this furtive, secretive persona for roles that are far removed from Mork, Mrs. Of course a Cutter sees everything. In the last scene, Fletcher loads Hakman's memories into a viewer and promises to use them for the greater good.
The film opens with Alan Hakman as a child. Williams has extraordinary success in channeling this other person. He eventually comes upon a person that he is convinced must be his childhood friend Louis. Years later, Hakman is a skilled cutter who specializes in editing the memories of controversial people into. Fletcher and his associate finally break in, but they find nothing.
Hakman tells Bannister's wife that the footage was lost in an accident, and she feigns disappointment, content to let dirty secrets stay hidden. Bannister's wife is dismissive, but Isabel reveals that the man, recently dead of a car crash, was a teacher named Louis Hunt. In an unspecified time that looks like the present, it is possible to acquire Zoe implants -- chips in the brain that record everything you see, hear and say. A Zoë Chip is a chip placed in your brain at birth to record your entire life. However, his talent for viewing life without emotion has shaped him into a cold distant man and has made him unable to experience life in the first person. In Catholic school we learned that God was always watching us, but God forgave and didn't maintain digital files. Hakman, relieved, visits Hunt's grave but is confronted again by Fletcher, who has learned about Hakman's implant.
Hakman again refuses, and, worried for his safety, uses his knowledge from memory tapes to shake down a shady criminal for a pistol. In his distress, Hakman turns to his lover, Delila. Louis reluctantly joins Hakman in exploring an abandoned factory, and Hakman crosses a wooden plank suspended high above the ground. How strange that the same actor can play some of the most uninhibited of all characters, and some of the most morose. Certainly he has no life of his own, apart from his job, which consists of Rememories of other lives. As Hakman works through Bannister's memories, he encounters a scene that implies that Bannister was his daughter, Isabel.
Hakman wordlessly deletes it and presses on. Trailer for The Final Cut on TrailerAddict. Goaded by Hakman, Louis also attempts to cross the plank, but he loses his confidence and falls. After chasing Hakman through the graveyard, he hesitates and seems willing to let Hakman go; however, Fletcher's associate kills Hakman. While visiting a city with his parents, he meets another boy, Louis, and the two bond as they play together. They pity and envy their humans -- pity them for the frailties, and envy them because they live in time, not eternity.
The resulting memories show Hakman attempt to dissuade Louis from crossing the plank and stepping in red paint, not blood. While cutting a Rememory for a high-powered colleague, Alan discovers an image from his childhood that has haunted him his entire life. . Hakman flees the scene and tells no one what happened. The tragedy is well handled, but its aftermath in his adult life seems unfinished and unsatisfying.
Kelly of rated it 4. It is impossible to say how Alan feels. She knows Hakman what a precise name can be trusted. It's been said that inside every comedian is a sad man refusing to weep. Indeed, the movie never really finds its way out of the dilemmas it has created. But a good Cutter, like a good mortician, puts the best possible face on things.