NEW Affleck/thurman/eckhart - Paycheck (Blu-ray)
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Release Date: 19-MAY-2009
Media Type: Blu-Ray
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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this is one awesome dvd if you get a chance to buy it is worth itPublished 1 month ago by Greg Anthony
This film was apparently panned by critics. I suppose it lacks brilliance and great acting, but it was definitely entertaining. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2008 by J. Tupone
yes paycheck really does rock. and is way better than you got served.Published on July 14 2004 by emereld
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 morePublished 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 morePublished on July 11 2004