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A little bit of everything in this Sci-Fi action thriller,
This review is from: Paycheck [DVD]  (DVD)
Paycheck is another one in a long line of films e.g Minority Report, Total Recall or Blade Runner etc... based on a short story by Philip K.Dick. In this outing sometime in a not too distant future, we follow reverse engineer Micheal Jennings (Affleck) whose job it is to take current technological idea's from whomever and improve upon them to make them better for his employer. Hired by old friend James Rethrick (Eckhart) who is a CEO of a huge technology firm called Allcom, Jennings trades 3 years of his life to work on a project for them, then have his memory wiped, in return for millions of dollars in company shares. Bam! 3 years pass in a few minutes & Jennings is off to the bank, where he finds he has forfeited his shares & in return he receives an vanilla envelope from his past self containing several random items. Returning home he is captured by the FBI for treason, and escaping using the items in the envelope whch turn out to help him on the way, he must go on the run & uncover what has happened & what he helped build.
Overall Paycheck is an entertaining sci-fi thriller with plenty of slick action, suspense & intrigue, with a love story & humor all mixed in covering many bases. The story is refreshing, different & draws you into a well paced film with a strong cast. Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting) whose in pretty much every scene handles the combination of intellect & being able to handle himself in a fight well. Uma Thurman (Kill Bill) has a good rapport with Affleck & the love story between them is made more believable because of it. She may not come across as believable as a scientist, and the scene with the double was silly as Uma has a unique look, but she excelled equally to Affleck handling the transition from nerdy scientist to kicking ass just as naturally. No doubt she was picked for this role on the former & latter. Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles ) is great as the smart underhanded CEO, but demanded a bit more screen time, while his slimy lackey Colm Feore (The Chronicles Of Riddick) whose the hound after Affleck is perfect in another of his usual baddie roles. Likewise Joe Morton (A Town Called Eureka) as the hard exterior FBI agent with a soft spot. And Paul Giamatti (Sideways) is smartly cast as Shorty, the comedy relief friend who drifts in & out just at the right moments to add a little bit of humor to uplift the proceedings.
In conclusion, Paycheck may not be everyone's cup of tea if you have hang up's on the story concept or can't abide seeing Ben Affleck for almost every frame. But i always have time for it as i know it's going to entertain me no matter how many times iv'e seen it. Recommended.