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NEW Affleck/thurman/eckhart - Paycheck (Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars "What you erase doesn't matter" July 13 2004
This movie clearly reflects the characteristics of its director John Woo. I would define it as "Mission Impossible" meets James Bond, and as happens in these productions, the creator of "Paycheck" goes overboard in a couple of scenes making them extremely unbelievable. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining film, which ended up being more fulfilling than I had expected, since the plot is considerably better than other action-packed films out there.
Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck) is specialized in reverse engineering and his job consists in working non-stop for several weeks in each project he faces. Upon completion, he gets his money and his memory of that time interval is erased. The longest Michael has worked on a project is two months, but now his boss entices him to work on a three-year project. The bait is an eight-figure remuneration. Of course Michael has doubts, but the offer is too tempting for him to pass. By the time he finishes the project, he gets his one big paycheck in exchange for three years of his life: close to one hundred million dollars.
Michael gets a huge surprise though, when he finds out from his attorney that he has forfeited the portfolio and that the only possessions to recover are a set of items in an envelope at the attorney's office. Michael sent these items to himself, and they all look worthless; the list includes a can of hair spray, a pair of glasses, a book of matches, a bullet, a lighter, a watch and several other little an seemingly unimportant personal effects. When the FBI comes after him, Michael realizes that there is something wrong and that the items he sent to himself are meant to help him solve the mystery and keep him alive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great cat and mouse movie July 10 2004
By David
This is a good action movie with big names like Ben affleck and Uma thurman. Its a cat and mouse movie because Mike played by Ben Affleck gets chased around alot through pretty much the whole movie. There is some gunplay but mostly hand to hand combat.This is a memory lose movie such as (bourne identity) where Mike a highly intelligent engineer gets paid big bucks to do top secret jobs and then after he is done they erase his memory up to a certain point where it is ok that he knows. There is romance in this movie between ben affleck and Uma Thurman.Uma plays a brilliant scientist who falls for mike while he is in his missions and usually after its over he doesnt remember him. Mike got offered an 8-digit paycheck to do a 3year top secret program and then after words lose the memory of the past three years. Well he wakes up from the memory lose project with all his stock money (92,000,000 dollars) gone .The FBI and thugs from the business where he did the project chasing him and trying to kill him and all he has is 20 objects in an envelope that arent even his. He has to use these 20 things to figure out his past and not killed by the henchman chasing him.
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2.0 out of 5 stars too many man-on-the-run cliches July 9 2004
**1/2 Though futuristic in look and tone, John Woo's "Paycheck" is really a throwback to that oldie about the man who wakes up one day as an amnesiac only to find himself being pursued by the authorities for a crime he may or may not have committed (just about every other Hitchcock film seemed to be built on this premise to one extent or another). The difference is that Michael Jennings is an amnesiac by choice, a brilliant engineer and scientist whose job it is to develop top-secret inventions for hi tech corporations. Once he's delivered the goods, he allows his memory to be erased - thereby rendering him innocuous as a security threat - in exchange for the lucrative paychecks the companies offer him.
Yet another of the many recent adaptations of a Phillip K. Dick story, "Paycheck" begins in the present day, a strange choice on the part of the filmmakers actually, for in this film's view of 2004, the technology for memory erasure seems to be in full swing and widely accepted (perhaps the producers didn't want to have to deal with the expense or bother of creating futuristic designs for their sets and costumes). The majority of the story, however, takes place in 2007, after Jennings "wakes up" from a three-year stint working on a secret project about which he can remember nothing. The trouble is that things haven't quite worked out the way Jennings planned as he finds himself the quarry of both the FBI and the organization for which he was working. Of course, Jennings doesn't know why. As is customary with films of this type, we uncover the clues and piece together the picture right along with the increasingly more enlightened main character.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect it to be confusing July 7 2004
By Meesha
Considering this was directed by John Woo, and it was about memory erasing, and then trying to follow clues, I was expecting to be lost throughout the entire film. But I wasn't - and I'm easily confused!
The film features Ben Affleck as Michael Jennings, playing a very smart guy, who gets his memory erased after every 'job' he does (no smart jokes about Jennifer Lopez). For this, he receives a lot of money, and 8 weeks (the most he'd ever done) erased afterwards. Then he discovered he forfeited all right to getting paid beforehand, but he left himself a series of clues, to get his money back. At first, the clues seem like a load of nonsense (there's 20, but he only gets 19 - watch out for the surprise one and very cool one) It's weird, but cool, how he manages to work out the clues, solve the mystery, and grab the girl.
As it's a John Woo movie, there are a couple of his trademarks. The dove (which totally doesn't make any sense), and the Mexican Stand Off (the latter of which I recognised from Face Off - it will seriously give you deja vu!)
I wasn't sure about the chemistry between Ben & Uma. Personally, I'm not keen on Uma as an actress - she quite often looks very weird. Joe Morton also stars in this, playing almost the same character he plays in Terminator 2, and looking loads older than he did in that and Speed - not aging well my man!
There are also a lot of car-chases, guns, loud noise, and lots of running about, and holding an envelope, that despite everything it goes through, doesn't get blown up/wet/ruined once!
When I saw the running time of the movie (1hr 54mins), I nearly died. But surprisingly, the film flew by, and was soon at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's cheesy, but it's entertaining
This film was apparently panned by critics. I suppose it lacks brilliance and great acting, but it was definitely entertaining. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2008 by J. Tupone
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is a hundred times better than you got served.
this movie is a hundred times better than you got served.
Published on July 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars paycheck rocks
yes paycheck really does rock. and is way better than you got served.
Published on July 14 2004 by emereld
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but flawed tremendously
Ben Affleck has made about 3 good films. In these films his acting was plausible, and not annoying. Every other film since those (Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting & Dogma) have... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by iLLMATiC81
Critics panned this movie but I think they missed the point: entertainment. Good guys vs. bad guys; the ability to see into the future; car chases; who's zooming who? Read more
Published on July 11 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I thought it would be.
I expected this film to be an okay movie - worth the money, but nothing special. After Ben Afflecks last few flops of movies, I was thinking his acting skills were lacking in... Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Josh Page
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't woo me with gun vs. fist
usually i can check out intellectually and enjoy an action movie. e.g. The Sixth Day, when Schwarzenegger says "We should smoke cigars more often," i distinctly remember... Read more
Published on July 9 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Plot holes big enough to sail the Queen Mary through
This movie is the biggest waste of celluloid since the last Rob Schneider movie. An embarrassment for all involved. Why did Uma agree to do this? Read more
Published on July 8 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars I am stunned to see this movie has a 3.5 star average.
The plot was okay, but the acting was horrendous. Paul Giamatti was the only good thing about this movie. Ben Affleck is good looking, but his acting is not at its best. Read more
Published on July 7 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
his is another joke in Hollywood's long list of big budget jokes they play on the American public. "Paycheck" is just that -- it had to be about the money -- otherwise no... Read more
Published on July 7 2004
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