(Ben Affleck, Colm Feore, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / (2003) 2009 / Paramount)
Overview: In a futuristic but familiar world, a high-tech engineer whose memory has been partially erased must use a group of unrelated objects, including a wire, a ticket stub and a bus token as clues to discover the truth about his previous identity, and collect a paycheck he had been awaiting. Based on the short story by science fiction author Phillip K. Dick.
DVD Verdict: Ben Affleck sure had a bad year in 2003, all of his worst movies came out that year. To name a few Gigli, Daredevil, and of course this one. Don't get me wrong this movie isn't horrible it's just that it tries so hard at being clever that in the end it fells quite silly. the movie begins with a reverse engineer named Michael Jennings (played by Ben Affleck) who gets paid hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars by big industries to take new existing technology and make it better, after he is finished with his work he is required by contract to submit himself to memory erasure, the memory they erase is only the work that he has done for his clients.
Afterwards we are introduced to James Rethrick (played by Aaron Eckhart) who proposes Michael a deal of a lifetime, he must give up three years of his life in order to create something that doesn't exist, as a matter of fact he doesn't even know if it can be done: but in the end if he is successful he will be paid a substantial amount of money.
Anyway so far the premise of the movie is good, so what went wrong? Well, after that three year gap we find Michael receiving the payment for his work... but as soon as he checks his account all the money has being dropped and instead been exchanged for nick knacks. Anyhow I don't want to ruin more it's an okay movie to watch once. The main problem with this movie is the tone, there are things that just don't fit and makes you scratch your head and go "HUH"?
For instance Uma Thurman plays a botanist that somehow knows how to fight in hand-to-hand combat (must have learned in Kill Bill) also there are some plot holes that are kind of hard to ignore, as well there are random action scenes that look better for a matrix movie. Without ruining more it's an ok movie to watch once. [SS] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the following Special Features:
Aucio Commentary by director John Woo
Audio Commentary by screenwriter Dean Georgaris
Designing 'Patcheck' Featurette
The Stunts of 'Paycheck' Featurette