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THE MOVIE: The Final Cut

THE STARS:
Robin Williams • Mira Sorvino • Jim Caviezel
DIRECTOR: Omar Naim

Robin Williams THE CONCEPT:
Futuristic tale about placing Zoe Chips in a children’s brains when they are born, so that everything in their lives can be recorded. Then when they die, a cutter such as Alan Hackman (Williams) can edit out all the bad incidents for the Rememory, to be played at their memorial service. But during one of the editing sessions, Hackman discovers an image from his childhood that has haunted his life.

U.S. RELEASE: October 15 2004, Limited
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

OMAR NAIM on how he came up with the idea for the movie:
“I had just finished editing a documentary when I started to realize the manipulative power of the editing process, and how it’s really the heart of filmmaking. I’d also been away from my family for a long time and I started to miss them and have the human craving of wanting to videotape them, to hold onto them visually. I think between those two things the idea for the movie began to emerge.”

ROBIN WILLIAMS on Naim’s script:
“It’s basically why I’m in. I found myself surprised at every turn, which is great. Plus, the idea of that technology – it seems in the last couple of months there have been a lot of articles about the idea of implants, either memory monitors or things that would augment memory. That’s fascinating, as is the idea of subjective versus objective memory.”

JIM CAVIEZEL (Fletcher):
“The premise attracted me to this film. The character was very interesting, but I’ve turned down interesting characters because the story wasn’t there. What I liked about this is it doesn’t make good evil and evil good, it’s an allegory to stuff that goes on in the world, whether it be in medical technology or scientific technology or just even in our own selfish ambitions for power.”

NAIM:
“The minute we thought of Robin for the role of Alan, I was like that’s perfect because he’s such a generous, warm man and for him to play this kind of character I thought would create a really interesting tension between the character and him that would create a fully rounded human being. Robin loved the material, and we had a very quiet conversation for an hour about mortality. I got home and it was like, ‘Was he hilarious?’ I said, ‘No, we talked about death for an hour!’”

WILLIAMS:
“It’s the ultimate home movie. The trend started with digital photography. People now catalog a lot of digital video and share their archives on their own websites. Now, instead of having fifteen minutes of fame, you can kind of augment that with people putting cameras in bedrooms. Everything can be recorded.”

CAVIEZEL:
“Robin is a very multi-faceted guy. He’s as good a dramatic actor as he is a comedian. I found him to be very quiet, intimate and very personable. When I told me friends, ‘I’m doing this movie with Robin Williams,’ they’d go, ‘Alright, you finally got your first comedy.’ I said, ‘You know, he can do drama too!’”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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