Paycheck (2003)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama


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What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.

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  • As a holiday gift to the Armed Services, Ben Affleck and the USO (United Service Organizations) brought the preview of his new film release "Paycheck" to the servicemen and women stationed at an undisclosed area in the Arabian Gulf area for the Christmas holidays.
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  • As a holiday gift to the Armed Services, Ben Affleck and the USO (United Service Organizations) brought the preview of his new film release "Paycheck" to the servicemen and women stationed at an undisclosed area in the Arabian Gulf area for the Christmas holidays.

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1 January 2004 | applezoid
8
| Better than I thought
I went in to this film with relatively low expectations. Other reviews I had read led me to believe that this was a cookie cutter, run of the mill, made for tv-esque amnesia story. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The main plot of most amnesia types is trying to find out who they are and why someone erased their memory. With Paycheck, however, our protagonist already knows why his memory was erased, and since it's only been three years, he of course knows who he is.

The plot device is that at the end of this little memory wipe he's supposed to be 92 million dollars plus richer. Imagine his surprise when he finds out he's forfeit the money, and instead mailed himself some apparently worthless junk. Oh, and the company that hired him is trying to kill him.

This is what a Sci Fi movie should be, relying on an interesting premise, with future predictions based on current technology. Sci Fi is not space with explosions every five minutes.

Although there are a few minor plot holes, I found the movie very engaging, and thought the acting was competent, to say the least. Those who enjoyed Minority Report might also like Paycheck. It's worth a look.

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