The Final Cut

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Thriller

Can't get your hands on SPEED, BLOWN AWAY, DIE HARD 3, SUDDEN DEATH, and EXECUTIVE DECISION? Try THE FINAL CUT, an unimaginative amalgam from the director of 1994's NOSTRADAMUS. The Seattle area is being peppered with expertly constructed bombs that continue to foil--and kill--the city's bomb squads. Desperate, police captain Mamet (Charles Martin Smith)...read more

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Can't get your hands on SPEED, BLOWN AWAY, DIE HARD 3, SUDDEN DEATH, and EXECUTIVE DECISION? Try THE FINAL CUT, an unimaginative amalgam from the director of 1994's NOSTRADAMUS.

The Seattle area is being peppered with expertly constructed bombs that continue to foil--and kill--the city's bomb squads. Desperate, police captain Mamet (Charles Martin Smith) calls in the FBI, led by one Colonel Forsythe (Ray Baker), while bomb squad sergeant Kathleen Hardy (Anne Ramsay)

coaxes former bomb squad head John Pierce (Sam Elliott) out of retirement.

As the explosions keep coming, the FBI creates a profile of the people who possess the kind of expertise required to build such intricate bombs, as well as having access to materials. The name that keeps popping up is John Pierce. Smelling a frame-up, Pierce hides from the cops, while determining

the real bomber is none other than Colonel Forsythe, a former Navy Seal instructor who has for years been left in the shadows while his students go on to get all the glory.

The inevitable confrontation comes in an office building's sub-basement, where the psychotic Forsythe has wired a living woman into a nefarious device called "the Human Bomb." With precious seconds slipping away, Pierce quickly kills Forsythe before helping Hardy disarm the Human Bomb.

Watching THE FINAL CUT is likely to prompt an overpowering sense of deja vu. Almost every element of the film has been borrowed from other movies. The notion of a bomb-crazy terrorist is to '90s movies as crashing airplanes and flaming buildings are to '70s movies. That's fine when it is done

well, as in SPEED (1994) and EXECUTIVE DECISION (1996). But THE FINAL CUT steals the most trite elements from the most mediocre of the genre--from the sweaty, ticking-clock defusing scenes right down to the inevitable slow-motion explosion. Furthermore, THE FINAL CUT even steals from itself; the

four scenes in which the police attempt to disarm bombs are nearly identical, including the bombs themselves.

Contributing to the film's wearying familiarity are Elliott and Smith, who each turn in the exact same performance we've seen them do a hundred times before. Ramsay is passable as the tough-but-vulnerable bomb squad computer guru, but is not good enough to make the audience forget her character in

the TV sitcom "Mad about You." Viewers in need of a bomb fix would be better served by another viewing of SPEED. (Violence, sexual situations, profanity.)

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Can't get your hands on SPEED, BLOWN AWAY, DIE HARD 3, SUDDEN DEATH, and EXECUTIVE DECISION? Try THE FINAL CUT, an unimaginative amalgam from the director of 1994's NOSTRADAMUS. The Seattle area is being peppered with expertly constructed bombs that conti… (more)

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