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  • Summary: Bill wakes one morning to find himself imprisoned, his limbs numb, and his memory gone. In and out of sleep, he searches his dreams for scraps of truth as to where he is and what century he's in. With a blistering performance by Denis Leary, Final explores the boundary of memory and madness. (Cowboy Pictures) Expand
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. On the strength of such skillful pacing, and the pair's beautifully modulated performances (Leary's never been so warm or vulnerable), the film builds almost imperceptibly to a climax that's as moving as it is startling.
  2. Did Scott, too, get hooked by the 1998 Spanish film ''Open Your Eyes?'' Intentionally or not, he has made ''Overcast Vanilla Sky.''
  3. 63
    You might be tempted to walk out. Don't.
  4. Less than terrific technically; focus and sound levels waver. Luckily, these flaws are not inconsistent with the film's raw, unvarnished tone and they do not diminish the effect of Leary's performance or that of Davis.
  5. The cat-and-mouse game between the patient and doctor and the coy is-he-or-isn't-he? game being played on us by the filmmakers becomes tiring.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Actor-turned-director Campbell Scott handles this enigmatic science fiction mystery with such gloomy restraint that it barely moves. That said, it never panders to audience expectations and is exceptionally well acted. Bill Tyler.
  7. The film is like watching a very bad play as presented by a very bad director.

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