Movie Stats & Links
||Ben Affleck, Uma
||Lots of shooting
and chasing people. It's up to you.
||Bring them along.
||I'm always wishing
for Uma to get naked, but sadly, no.
||PG-13 style - you
really don't see people die.
||Lots of people
||Each time one of
the 19 items is utilized.
||"That would be the
John Davis, Michael Hackett, John Woo
Looking for a fantastic action flick where Uma Thurman
looks hot? Go and see "Kill Bill Vol. 1" Looking for a decent action
flick where Uma Thurman looks hot? Go and see "Paycheck." Oh, and if
youíre a dudette reading this, "Paycheck" also has Ben Affleck if heís
your cup of tea.
A Movie Review
Like I said, "Paycheck" is a decent action movie,
with some nice twists and turns, but nothing to really write home
about. The story kinda goes like thisÖ
Ben Affleck plays Michael Jennings. He is an engineer whose main
talent is to take proprietary things that others have developed,
figure out how they developed them, change them just enough so the
competing company doesnít get in trouble, and collect his paycheck.
The catch is that in order to collect the money, and so he canít get
the company in trouble for essentially stealing someone elseís
technology, he gets his memory erased from the time he took the job to
the time he gets paid. This mind erasing is done by his buddy Shorty
(Paul Giamatti). Well, his other pal, Rethrick (Aaron Eckhart) has
another job for Michael only this job will take about three years but
net Jennings tens of millions of dollars. Michaelís up for the task,
except this time Rethrick and the bad boys at Allcom take care of the
memory erasure. So, during the three years Michael makes this device
that can control the world, falls in love with biochemist Rachel
Porter (Uma Thruman), and then ends up back in the real world with no
memory of it. Heís off to convert his 80+ million dollars worth of
stock into some walking cash, when, lo and behold, he discovers he
gave up his stock and sent himself 19 miscellaneous items for no
apparent reason. Now the only enjoyable and fun part of the movie
takes place Ė figuring out how each of those 19 items fits into
getting Michael and Rachel out of various jams to escape the bad guys
trying to kill them. And thatís really all you need to know about the
Pretty much this is standard John Woo fare, with chases and people
kicking the crap out of each other, and probably would have pretty
much been just a la-de-da action movie if it werenít for the
entertainment value of Affleck playing a dopey scientist very well and
Uma Thurman being able to transform the nerdy biochemist into a
Just try to expect some fun from this film, go ahead and try to
figure out why he sent himself the certain items (although the bus
pass is a pretty easy one to figure out), and donít try to make it
into anything else than it is Ė a decent action flick. Itís 3 stars
out of 5 for "Paycheck."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!