Paycheck (2003)

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Paycheck (2003)

Paycheck (2003)
720p BluRay | MKV | English | 119 min | 1280x544 | H264 - 4628 Kbps | AC3 5.1 - 640 Kbps | 4,37 GB
Genre: Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery | USA, Canada

IMDB: 6.1/10 (39,570 votes)
Directed by: John Woo
Starring: Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti

A computer engineer named Jennings awakens one day to discover that the last three years of his life and the work he did for a man named Rethrick during that time has been erased from his memory. He also learns that he agreed to the three years secret work and erasure in exchange for a huge sum of money. But when he goes to collect his paycheck, Jennings learns that before his memory was erased, he gave up the money in exchange for a small bag of worthless clues and trinkets. When the feds come looking for him, Jennings must go on the lam and try to put together the last three years so he can prove his innocence. Using the strange trinkets he previously left for himself, he goes on a journey in search of Rethrick, for whom he used to work, and how he knew that these worthless items would save his life.

Based on a far more cerebral short story by famed science fiction author Philip K. Dick, Paycheck introduces Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck), an arrogant engineering whiz who analyzes existing electronics on the market to develop more lucrative technologies for his high-dollar clientиle. Due to the sensitive nature of his work, Jennings regularly allows his partner, Shorty (Paul Giamatti), to wipe his memory in order to protect his clients' interests. It's a profitable gig… that is until he tackles a project for Allcom CEO James Rethrick (Aaron Eckhart). After working on a secret device for three years and having his memory wiped once again, Jennings is informed that he signed away his compensation and left himself an envelope of seemingly worthless objects. Reeling from the realization that three years of his life have disappeared with nothing to show for it, Jennings has to turn to a mysterious scientist (Uma Thurman) for help, figure out why he relinquished his payment, and discover what it was that he built for Allcom in the first place.

Paycheck (2003)

Paycheck (2003)

Nonsensical? It requires even greater suspension of disbelief than Face/Off. Superficial? It's more shallow than Windtalkers. Subdued? Only if you compare it to Hard Target. As far as I'm concerned, Paycheck is the cinematic equivalent of a twelve-year old playing with a box of assorted action figures: bland uniformed guards are beat down and given the runaround by our nigh-invincible protagonists, bubble-pop science erupts on the screen with the spit-polish sheen of a glossy paged comicbook, and vehicles whip around corners and weave through traffic with exaggerated, physics-defying prowess. That's not to say there aren't plenty of compelling ideas brewing just below the surface, but it's all a bit too Minority Report-lite to resonate on the level Dick's original tale deserves. Thankfully, Woo's patented flair for the visually dramatic takes center stage and keeps things buzzing along at a rapidfire pace. Affleck and Thurman are left with little to do other than connect dots and dodge bullets, but a variety of scene-chewing baddies (including the ever-creepy Colm Feore and Eckhart himself in an early nod to elements that would later emerge in his portrayal of Harvey Dent) lend the overall performances a sense of weight and legitimacy.

Paycheck (2003)

Paycheck (2003)

Is Paycheck a waste of time? Not at all. Is it a particularly good film? Er… not exactly. Woo enthusiasts who've tolerated the director's less-than-smooth transition from Hong Kong to Hollywood will be pleased with the results, while everyone else will probably be underwhelmed and unimpressed. At the end of the day, Paycheck is entertaining crap at its finest. It isn't nearly as maddening or disappointing as more pretentious sci-fi drivel currently making the rounds (I'm looking at you, Terminator: Salvation), but it also isn't as satisfying as the most intelligent action thrillers released in the last ten years. If you're willing to shut off the critical portion of your brain for two tense and twisted hours of Affleckian goodness, by all means… give it a chance. However, if the prospect of sitting back and drinking in Woo's madcap action doesn't appeal to your refined sensibilities, avoid this one at all costs.
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown (blu-ray.com)

Paycheck (2003)

Paycheck (2003)