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IT'S A COMPELLING FABLE THAT OFFERS A VISION OF A WORLD WHERE MEMORY IMPLANTS RECORD ALL MOMENTS IN A PERSON'S LIFE. POST MORTEM, THESE MEMORIES ARE REMOVED AND EDITED BY A 'CUTTER' INTO A REEL DEPICTING THE LIFE OF THE DEPARTED FOR A COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONY CALLED A 'REMEMORY'.
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The story is centered on a fascinating premise - that one's memories can be recorded and played back after the individual's death. The Zoe chip makes this possible; it's a synthetic implant that grows along with you as it records every single moment of your life. After your death, a sort of highlight reel of your most significant memories is put together and shown in a special Rememory service for all your family and friends to watch. Condensing someone's life into a couple of hours is a tough job, and it takes a talented professional cutter to do the job right. Alan Hackman (Williams) is one of the best cutters out there. He sees everything from each person's life, including some pretty awful stuff, but he gives the family the good memories they yearn for. There are plenty of protesters out there opposed to the Zoe chip, including one of Alan's old colleagues. Like leftist protest groups everywhere, these guys have no problem resorting to intimidation and violence - they only worry about the ethics of their opponents, not their own. Everything comes to a head when one of the bigshots behind the Zoe chip dies. Hackman has the job of cutting the Rememory, but the protestors want the data in order to pin something on the dead guy and bring down the company.Read more ›
This film is set in the future, in a time when parents can choose to buy a "Zoe" chip for their unborn child. That chip grows naturally with the child, and records every moment of his life. When a person with a Zoe chip dies, a "cutter" erases the bad memories in his chip, and makes a short film with the best ones, so the relatives of the deceased can hold a special ceremony called a "rememory".
Alan (Robin Williams) is known as the best cutter. He specializes in overly difficult jobs, namely in making good films out of the Zoe chips of dishonest but very rich people. That is the reason why the widow of a very important man hires Alan to cut the rememory of her dead husband. The problem is, that man worked for the firm that invented the Zoe chip, and a radical group that opposes that technology wants to get hold of his chip to discredit the company.
When Alan is contacted by the leader of that group, Fletcher (Jim Caviezel), his initial reaction is to step back and return the chip to the widow. Unfortunately, Alan cannot do that, as he needs something that can only be found in the dead man's Zoe chip.
All in all, I think this is a very good first effort by Omar Naim, the director. I believe that this movie was entertaining, even though somewhat overly dark, but I supposed that could be expected considering the subject. On the other hand, the ending was ultimately unsatisfying, and that is the reason why I only give this movie 3 stars. You will probably like "The final cut" if you rent it, but it isn't the kind of dvd I would recommend you to buy...
Alan Hakman (Robin Williams) is the best cutter in the business. His handling of the memories of the deceased always end up with a film that makes everyone happy, even though the memorial portrait of the deceased may bear little resemblance to the way that the individual may have actually been in life. Alan likens himself to a modern day, functional equivalent of the sin eaters of old. He views his job as one of basically washing away the sins of the deceased for the sake of the living. Obviously, due to the extremely intimate and personal nature of what he does, a cutter cannot be someone who himself has an implant.
Alan is a stunted human being, due to a traumatic childhood experience involving a newly made friend. He was also orphaned at an early age. So, he is a guy who is really not too in touch with his feelings. He has a girlfriend, sort of-kind of, named Delila (Mira Sorvino), with whom he is trying, however badly, to establish a connection. Somehow, the path of true love does not go too smoothly for Alan.Read more ›
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A man whose job it is to make a film of a person's life after they die with a chip from their head discovers that he has one in his head which is not allowed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ellison
This movie shows exactly what we all do when someone dies. We try to edit their lives & memories so they come out looking flawless and almost Saint like to the public. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Yvonne Kehoe