(Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Aaron Eckhart / PG-13 / 89 mins / Paramount)
Overview: Based on a Philip K. Dick story, 'Paycheck' is about a man (Ben Affleck) who can't recall what he's been up to for the last three years. He's had his memories erased by his employer as a security precaution. He tries to figure out what's been going on using ticket stubs, bus tokens, and other reminders he planted before the procedure.
Verdict: Well, and to be fair, 'Paycheck' begins with a thought-provoking idea from Philip K. Dick, exploits it for its action and plot potential, ... and then provides us with 119 minutes worth of a half-baked melange of goofball science and stuff blowing up! Basically, 'Paycheck' is a by-the-numbers thriller missing the truly poetic orchestrations of action and heroic displays of bravado that highlight much of John Woo's work. In fact, there's little about this movie that makes it worth anyone's time and money ... BUT, and more importantly, 'Paycheck' completes a 2003 trilogy of bad Ben Affleck movies - which started in February with 'Daredevil' and reached its nadir in August with 'Gigli'! DO NOT WASTE YOUR PAYCHECK ON THIS HOLIDAY TURKEY!
CLICK HERE to watch the 'Paycheck' trailer.