Formula: take an OK story snippet that involves enough sci-fi buzzing sounds and light effects, give it to John Woo with a huge production budget, add Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Michael C. Hall (each of whom is far superior to the tacky script and tired body shenanigans), add a very loud and noisy score by Paul Horn, James McKee Smith, John Powell and John Ashton Thomas, and mix it with tired contrived gimmicks that perhaps at one point in time were meant to defy belief, and voila! You have PAYCHECK.
One wonders when Hollywood will realize that the market for this particular clone of movie is saturated and move on to something else. Or perhaps it is viewing this turkey immediately after viewing the brilliant and budget-limited film "11:14" that points out all of its weak points. But that is being kind. This movie simply isn't worth your time. And these actors should have passed on the project. Grady Harp, October 05
PAYCHECK I will tell you all now that I am a Ben Affleck fan and have always been, any one who stars in Kevin Smith movies is cool with me. Add in that I am a huge fan of Uma Thurman and you are giving me a movie I should like rather easily. Now I know the obvious jokes against this movie are they only did the film for the name of it [get it]. But there is actually something to this film and I do like it. It also helps that a man who knows how to … more
Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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The brainy, paranoid science fiction of writer Philip K. Dick has inspired one visionary classic (Blade Runner) and two above-average action movies (Total RecallandMinority Report).Paycheckaspires to follow in their footsteps: An engineer (Ben Affleck,Chasing Amy) routinely agrees to have his memory erased after every job so that he doesn't know what he's done. But after the biggest job of his life, he discovers that not only has he refused a $90 million paycheck, he's sent himself an envelope full of things he doesn't recognize--and he doesn't remember doing any of this. As he unravels the plot, he discovers he's also fallen in love (with Uma Thurman,Kill Bill) and invented a dangerous device for his former boss (Aaron Eckhart,Erin Brockovich). Affleck is bland, the script ruins a cunning idea, and the direction--from the normally dynamic John Woo (Face/Off)--plods along, aimless and bored.--Bret Fetzer