Why, John Woo, why? (*)
Ouch. John Woo, you used to be one of my favorite directors! What
Woo was a great Hong Kong action director who directed some brilliantly
stylish and bloody films like "Hard-Boiled", "Bullet In The Head", and my
personal favorite, the ultra-violent action tragedy "The Killer".
Then he came to Hollywood, and even though he's turned out some good ones
there ("Face/Off", "M:I-2", and the underrated "Broken Arrow") his work in
general has taken a slide in quality. But not even that fact could prepare
me for the total worthlessness and idiocy of "Paycheck".
It's reportedly based on a story by the brilliant sci-fi writer Philip K.
Dick (both "Blade Runner" and "Minority Report" are based on his work),
although I'm guessing major changes were made to it, because he wouldn't
write something this stupid unless he did it when he was 3 years old.
Ben Affleck, even more granite-faced than usual, plays Michael Jennings, a
software engineer who specializes in ripping off other companies' ideas
then having his memory (usually only a couple of months) wiped clean. Then
his boss and supposed friend (Aaron Eckhart) comes to him with a job that
will take up to 3 years before being wiped from his memory, but it will
him rich, so he accepts.
Cut to three years later, and Michael has finished the job, but something
must have went wrong, because he finds out that he forfeited his $92
paycheck and instead only left for himself a package of 20 seemingly
innocuous, miscellaneous items (hairspray, matches, cigarettes, etc...)
There are also some unsavory types (on both sides of the law) trying to
catch him. So now he must figure out what happened in the last three years
that has put his life in danger, and what these 20 puzzling items are for.
It's tough to go much further into the story without getting into spoiler
territory, but just let me say that when you find out what the deal is
those 20 items, it seems like a nifty idea for about 2 seconds, until you
actually think about it and realize how stupid and nonsensical it is.
Uma Thurman, for some reason, is also in this movie as a love
interest/sidekick. After giving amazing performances in "Kill Bill" and
"Hysterical Blindness", it's depressing to see her close out the year with
this crappy movie. She gives a pretty good performance, though, which is a
real accomplishment because she is constantly being forced by the script
say really stupid things and do really stupid things.
I'm most disappointed in John Woo. This is the first time that virtually
NONE of his unique style is present, except for a couple inevitable
face-to-face gun stand-offs and of course lots and lots of birds.
except for the inexplicably A-list cast, "Paycheck" looks, sounds and
exactly like a cheap, shoddy, straight-to-video movie. It's that bad.
The most important word to describe "Paycheck", though, is "dumb". Except
for the effortless loveliness of Uma Thurman, every single thing in this
movie is amazingly, shockingly stupid. It's hard to find a movie that
insults your intelligence in nearly every scene, but "Paycheck" achieves
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Wonderful film starring the dashing ben affleck. This film is really interesting in so many levels. There are twist and turns that will make every scene pumping..
this movie literally had me guessing the whole time.
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Obviously it being two stars and starring Ben 'Assface' (that's my
nickname for him) Affleck I wasn't expecting much, but this isn't a
terrible film, from director John Woo (Broken Arrow, Face/Off).
Basically, set in a not too distant future, Michael Jennings (Razzie
winning Affleck) is a engineer in a big business that makes new and
exciting technology. His boss Rethrick (Aaron Eckhart) offers a job
that will last two to three years which will get him the biggest
paycheck imaginable, and he will be over as if it only took one second.
So Jenning's job is complete, and he looks forward to getting a
paycheck for over $90,000,000, but he instead gets an envelope full of
non-valuable bits and bobs, and some signatures of forms he didn't
sign. Knowing he's been set up he realises these items in the envelope
may help him not only get to his money, but change the future
(including his own). Obviously following the clues of his items,
Rethrick is determined to have Jennings killed, knowing everywhere he
will be in his future, but he is always one step ahead of them. I will
admit I didn't pay the fullest attention towards the end, but Jenning
kills Rethrick, and with Rachel Porter (Uma Thurman) and Shorty (Paul
Giamatti) with him, he finds that it is a winning lottery ticket that
would get him his money. Also starring Colm Feore as Wolfe, Terminator
2's Joe Morton as Agent Dodge and Michael C. Hall as Agent Klein.
Affleck isn't absolutely terrible, the story however is a little weak
in places, but I think it is the futuristic stuff and special effects
that just about won me over. Okay!.