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This debut feature by writer-director Omar Naim takes place in a future age when a person can have a video chip implanted in his brain, record his entire life, and arrange for the images to be edited down into a funeral memorial. Robin Williams plays Alan Hakman, an editor of such tributes, who's haunted by a childhood memory and seems modeled on the Gene Hackman character in The Conversation (1974). Naim's premise has possibilities, but its execution often feels slapdash, and considering that The Conversation itself was a reworking of Blowup (1966), the viewer's sense of deja vu may be even more excessive than the characters'. With Mira Sorvino and Jim Caviezel. PG-13, 105 min.

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