Final Cut (Blu-ray)
The opening night selection of last year’s Cannes Film Festival was this wacky horror comedy, a remake of Shin’ichirô Ueda’s cult hit One Cut of the Dead. It follows a director (Romain Duris, L’Auberge Espagnole) making a live, single-take, low-budget zombie flick in which the cast and crew, one by one, actually turn into zombies. Oscar® winner Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) milks the film’s hilarious and meta-to-the-max premise for all it’s worth, while also crafting a sly love letter to the art of filmmaking. What’s on screen unfolds in typical cheesy B-movie fashion, while the off-screen hijinks offer a celebration of the unpredictable and collaborative nature of film sets. Featuring a hysterically unhinged turn by Oscar® nominee Berenice Bejo (The Artist) and serving up blood-soaked high farce par excellence, Final Cut revels in its affectionate embrace of goofy genre fun.
- Michel Hazanavicius - Director
- Romain Duris - Actor
- Bérénice Bejo - Actor
- Matilda Lutz - Actor
- Grégory Gadebois - Actor
- Finnegan Oldfield - Actor
"Cinema is not dead, the film says. But it may be undead, still shuffling around and finding 13th-hour ways to turn fake blood, real sweat, and honest-to-Godard tears into something like magic."
“Hazanavicius has made a movie that tests our ideas of creative genius… this trashy, goofy, giddy, sloppy gore-fest isn’t so different from ‘The Artist’ after all.”
“Hazanavicius forges his own path… a hilarious meta-commentary on the struggles of making a remake.”
"Chaotic, filled with bad language and blood. In other words, it’s a great deal of fun."
“Downright hilarious…a bloody good time”
“Uses the coarse language of B-movies to make one re-appreciate the magic of cinema.”
"A gory pleasure... Clever and giddily entertaining"
“Sparkling and funny…”
“Fun and self-reflexive, while also leaning into its remake status for a few added laughs.”
“In its own particular and seriously deranged way, Final Cut is as much a valentine to the act of filmmaking as Hazanavicius’ Oscar-winning film The Artist was.”
“A feel-good, highly entertaining comedy… You walk out of Final Cut with a smile on your face”
“Delightfully silly… a salute to cinema so goofy and goodhearted that it is hard to resist.’’
“An entertaining piece of work… [that] may yet have found a way to breathe new life into the zombie genre itself.”