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Cinematronic by Michael Snyder
Film
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  Paycheck cinematronic
  director

John Woo

cast

Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Giamatti, Michael C. Hall, Colm Feore, Joe Morton, Emily Holmes

year

2003

rating rating cinematronic
  Whether you're a fan of director John Woo's high-octane action films, with their oddly graceful scenes of violent gunplay, or a devotee of visionary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, you'll probably be disappointed by "Paycheck." This adaptation of a Dick creation is riddled with more plot holes than bullet holes. Ben Affleck plays reverse engineer Michael Jennings, who's well paid for developing proprietary tech projects. It's the near future, when selective mind wipes can eliminate certain memories, and the corporations that employ Jennings as a freelance consultant use the brain-drain option on him for security purposes. The good times — what he can remember of them — end when he takes on a three-year project for arrogant billionaire Rethrick (Aaron Eckhart). The compensation will be so massive that Jennings can retire. But his post-job bliss is short-lived when he finds himself penniless, on the run from hired killers and FBI agents, and unable to recall why. He must assemble the truth from a few clues he sent himself while in Rethrick's employ. A listless Uma Thurman plays a botanist involved with Jennings over the three lost years; she may be a key to his recent past. Woo orchestrates the frenzy with panache, but logic is nowhere to be found, and Affleck's enervated acting style doesn't help. With Paul Giamatti as Jennings' geeky sidekick.  
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