Paycheck (2003)

Remember the future.

Original Title : Paycheck
Director : John Woo
Writer : Philip K. Dick
Dean Georgaris
Genre : Sci-Fi
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Arthur Anderson , Terence Chang , John Davis , Michael Hackett , Keiko Koyama , Stratton Leopold , Caroline Macaulay , David Solomon , David Solomon , John Woo
Music : James McKee Smith
John Powell
John Ashton Thomas
Photography : Jeffrey L. Kimball
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for intense action violence and brief language.
IMDB ID : 0338337
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Paycheck (2003) - John Woo


Ben Affleck Michael Jennings
Aaron Eckhart James Rethrick
Uma Thurman Rachel Porter
Paul Giamatti Shorty
Colm Feore Wolfe
Joe Morton Agent Dodge
Michael C. Hall Agent Klein
Peter Friedman Atty. Gen. Brown
Kathryn Morris Rita Dunne
Ivana Milicevic Maya-Rachel
Christopher Kennedy Stevens
Fulvio Cecere Agent Fuman
John Cassini Agent Mitchell
Callum Keith Rennie Jude (guard
Michelle Harrison Jane
Claudette Mink Sara Rethrick
Ryan Zwick Street Kid
Dee Jay Jackson Guard (as Deejay Jackson
Serge Houde Dekker
Calvin Finlayson Balloon boy
Kendall Cross Scientist
Catherine Lough Haggquist Scientist
Darryl Scheelar Plainclothes federal agent
Mark Brandon Lottery host
Roger Haskett Lottery official
Steve Wright Allcom helicopter pilot
Craig Hosking FBI helicopter pilot
Emily Holmes Betsy (salesgirl
Krista Allen Holographic woman
Barclay Hope Suit
Peter Shinkoda Suit
David Lewis Suit
Robert Clark Member of string quartet
Andrea Siradze Member of string quartet
Isabelle Roland Member of string quartet
Peter Caton Member of string quartet
Ryan Robbins Husband
Benita Ha Wife
Chelah Horsdal Young mother
Craig March Janitor
Jason Calder Wolfe goon
Mike Godenir Wolfe goon
Brad Kelly Wolfe goon
Brent Connolly Wolfe goon
Michelle Anderson Nursery customer
Lori Barrera Nursery customer (as Lori Berlanga
Sandra-Jessica Couturier Extra (uncredited
Joe Coyle School teacher (uncredited
Richard Cummins Plant scientist (uncredited
Aaron Douglas Scientist
Peggy Flood Computer (voice


Jennings (Ben Afleck) is the best reverse-engineer in the business. He is hired by clients to take apart other companies technologies and find out how they work. He is hired to do a special job, against the advice of some of his associates. When the job is completed, all memory of what he has been working on is ereased from his mind. That's when his problem really start to begin. He is hunted for something he has no recollection of doing and has only a little time to work it out. He has sent himself 19 seemingly unconnected objects, before his memory was wiped, to allow him to put the puzzle together and discover just what has gone on and what he has done. But the authorities are after him and time is very quickly running out.


Check Baby, Check Baby, One, Two, Three, Four.... A migraine-headache waiting to happen is the best way to sum up "Paycheck". It is one of those films that tries to dazzle with confusion, but ends up being a stupid and down-right dumb attempt to bring in people looking for mindless explosions. Reserve engineer Ben Affleck literally makes millions as an expert who works on products designed by others. He does this to discover how the machine works and eventually improve on it. Thus big futuristic corporations come to him in droves, but when shady associate Aaron Eckhart comes Affleck's way the suspense builds. Affleck, who has been having memories of his work erased, is offered a huge pay-day of over $90 million after he completes a job for Eckhart. Naturally though there is a major catch---the work will take three years to complete. Affleck weighs the options and of course decides that the money is just too much to pass up. All seems to go well until Affleck denies himself his paycheck and he does not know why (because of his memory being erased). An envelope with 19 clues are the keys to why Affleck did what he did. Is it also possible for Affleck to foretell future events now? Scientist Uma Thurman is also along for the winding ride as the lover that Affleck has forgotten. "Paycheck" is pure science fiction trash that makes itself out to be clever, but is never intelligent. The performances are fair, but are almost hard to notice because you are so busy trying to figure out what is going on. Really there is no clear answer to the myriad of questions involved here. I had to ask myself repeatedly what I was even doing watching this. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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Paycheck (2003) - John Woo