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'Final Cut': More Weird Williams

By Desson Thomson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 15, 2004; Page WE45

In what seems to be the final in a trifecta of tight-lipped, almost nonhuman weirdo roles (after the films "Insomnia" and "One Hour Photo"), Robin Williams plays Alan Hackman, a "cutter" who airbrushes and reconfigures people's memories -- culled from so-called Zoe implants inserted in humans at birth -- by means of an editing machine called a guillotine. In this futuristic age, he's a home-movie rewriter, and his finished works, called rememories, are made for families of the deceased. Alan is currently editing the life of a sleazy corporate man who, we realize quickly enough, is a child molester. Alan also has issues of his own following a tragic episode from his childhood for which he blames himself.

This debut from writer-director Omar Naim is cut-and-dried sci-fi thriller business, trading on the notions that memories are erasable and that someone's life can be seen and understood as so much video footage. It feels very predictable. Jim Caviezel, who plays an activist opposed to Alan's Big-Brotherish activities, and Mira Sorvino as Alan's sort-of girlfriend, hover around the plot like irrelevant holograms. A good cutter would have freed them completely from this movie.

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THE FINAL CUT ( PG-13, 104 minutes) --Contains mature thematic material, some violence, sexual content and obscenity.At AMC Columbia, AMC Hoffman Center and AMC Potomac Mills.


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