Michael Jennings est un ingénieur en informatique employé par les grosses compagnies pour voler les secrets de leurs concurrents. À la fin de chaque contrat, sa mémoire est effacée. Mais après sa mission chez le milliardaire Rethrick, rien ne se passe comme prévu. Jennings nest pas payé, le FBI le poursuit et il ne lui reste quune mystérieuse enveloppe contenant 19 objets quotidiens.
Mystère, action, suspense, machiavélisme, amour rédempteur et naïf : les ingrédients habituels de la recette Woo sont bien présents dans La Paye. La mise en scène spectaculaire mais parfois maniérée sert denveloppe à un film exploitant un des thèmes préférés de la science-fiction : les dangers potentiels des avancées technologiques, dans la lignée dautres adaptations de K. Dick, Total Recall ou Rapport Minoritaire. Lintrigue est alambiquée, épaisse et parfaitement accrocheuse. Uma Thurman est, comme à son habitude lumineuse, face à un Ben Affleck qui sen tire plutôt bien. Sans subtilité mais avec une efficacité certaine, Woo fait de La Paye un thriller futuriste assez convaincant. Helen Faradji
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.
Even though I am not a big fan of Ben Affleck, I think he does a good job in this movie and that he fits his role very well. I am a fan of Uma Thurman though, who in the film plays the part of Dr. Porter, a lady that captivated Michael since he met her and who also works for Michael's boss. As usual, Thurman's performance is convincing and shows the passion she puts in her work. This is a good movie for spending a couple of hours entertained, but it is not one I would enjoy seeing repeatedly.
This movie gave me back the belief that Ben is still a pretty good actor. One anoyying thing in the movie is "that haircut" Uma Thurman "wears". It really looks bad and when she's not on screen it's a reflief. They could have casted a better actress to play her part, she did not come off convincing enougth.
But even with that, the movie makes up with great car chases, stunts, complex plot changes and a movie that keeps you guessing and has laughs in the right places and edge of the seat watching.
Strap in and enjoy a good movie. Not the best ever, but better than most.