December 25, 2003
||Quick-cut title splash, "This
Christmas", "From the author who brought you...", "The
director of...", voiceover guy
||Handgun, assault rifles, sniper
rifle, purse, subway train
|"In a world where..."
"Hold the key to protecting his future."
||80% (Based on a Philip K. Dick story, reverse
Colin Farrell does not have a movie coming out, but BBspot’s
other favorite pretty boy, Ben Affleck, does. I will have to count
at the end of the year to see who appeared in the most.
Like Minority Report and Blade Runner, Paycheck is
based on a Philip K. Dick story. That guarantees that at least the
idea will be interesting. Sometimes an idea can even carry a whole
movie and sometimes you have to cast Uma Thurman. However, John Woo
directed Paycheck, so you can expect the idea to take a backseat
to pointless action sequences.
The idea is simple. We have the technology to erase and extract
memories. Unfortunately, the technology is not real or we could have
had Gigli erased from our memories. In the trailer Affleck
is the perfect reverse engineer. He works on top secret technology
then has his memory wiped, so competition cannot sue the company
for stealing technology.
Aaron Eckhart pitches a new project to Affleck that will make him
wealthy. Three years later Affleck has his job done. Unfortunately,
for him he has no money and the feds want to know what he was working
on. He only has nineteen items that he sent himself as clues to solve
A screen grab from the trailer tells us what the project that he was working
on. It's not precogs like in Minority Report, but predictive software
he has created. So accurate are the predictions that the President has launched
a preemptive strike against our enemy based only on this program. Wait, maybe
this technology exists. It would explain a lot.
Some random thoughts:
- The revolving camera made me nauseous I cannot imagine 90 minutes
- Ben Affleck plays Ben Affleck in this movie. Does this guy have
more than three expressions?
- There is a glowing briefcase and Uma Thurman. Are we sure Tarantino
was not involved?
J-Lo, why did you ruin my career?
Conclusion on Trailer: Generic action picture trailer, with
not enough Uma and too much Ben. Watch it just to get the gist of
Conclusion on Movie: There is a high likelihood that this
movie will not live up to its promising idea. You are taking a risk
spending your dollars on this one.
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