Paycheck

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6.31 h 58 min2003X-RayPG-13
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.
Directors
John Woo
Starring
Ben AffleckAaron EckhartUma Thurman
Genres
Science FictionSuspenseAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Paul GiamattiColm FeoreJoe MortonMichael C. HallIvana MilicevicEmily HolmesKathryn Morris
Producers
John WooTerence ChangJohn A. DavisMichael Hackett
Studio
SciFi and Fantasy
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Content advisory
Foul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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4.3 out of 5 stars

986 global ratings

  1. 64% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Mumbo MerkabaReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
WHY IN DOG'S NAME DOES THIS HAVE A HIGH RATING?
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It's official, Ben Affleck can only play one character: Entitled Douchebag. Additionally there is nothing redeemable in this film. That is all.
18 people found this helpful
Amazon MomReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Almost 5 stars
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Have enjoyed rewatching this movie for 15 years. The "only" reason it does not get 5 stars is the odd casting of Uma Thurman and Ben Affleck. Could not shake the awkward lack of chemistry between them. For me, chemistry is a huge part of all movies. Action, drama, romance etc.
Not a sexual chemistry just a "click" with the actors. This movie seemed to lack the "click".
If you can get past it (or maybe you don't see it that way) it is a very well done twist and turn movie.
29 people found this helpful
ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Just okay
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There is a distinction between science fiction and flights of fancy. In a sci/fi movie, we are asked to believe in the possibilities being presented, and if the acting and story line are good, we are drawn into the possibilities. In flights of fancy, good acting and good story are replaced by chase scenes, gunfights, scripted hand-to-hand fights and lots of explosions. That’s what happened here. A good story with potential was wasted. There was just too much acting talent for this to have been such a yawner. If you like bang-bang movies, you may like this one. If you like good acting, good chemistry and a well told story, this may leave you wanting.
14 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Starts off as good mystery but gets overtaken by action which wasn't always necessary
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Ben Affleck is Michael Jennings. He is one of the top technological reverse engineers in the world. He steals other companies inventions and then has his memories removed as part of non-disclosure agreements. He’s hired by his friend James Rethrick (Aaron Eckhart) to take on a huge 3 year project. After Jennings finishes his job he finds out that he gave up all his profits and sent himself a package of things that he doesn’t recognize. Then he returns home and there are FBI agents after him. This sets up the story of Jennings attempting to figure out just what he did for Rethrick as the package is actually full of clues to help him remember. That’s the basis of Paycheck a thriller by John Woo. The story is about the evil of corporations but the action overwhelms the plot.

The movie starts off as a mystery and then quickly becomes an action thriller. Being John Woo he had to throw in at least one of his classic poses with Affleck and one of Rethrick’s employees pointing guns at each other’s faces. There’s also a white dove that flies by in another sequence. Both of those Woo brought from his Hong Kong days.

The story has a nice build up of Jennings figuring out each one of the items he found in the package. It turns out that Rethrick was up to some nefarious things. That eventually leads to the action, which I’m not sure was always necessary. That’s where the film starts going off the rails because the mystery was good, the action seemed overdone.
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9 people found this helpful
WC138Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Stick with the short story.
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An utterly boring film that even miles and miles of action, explosions, car chases, and ridiculous combat can't temper, Paycheck trades the subtle narrative of Philip K. Dick's original short story and it's Aesopian-level lessons for guns and fists, and is far worse for it.

It's Sci-Fi for people who hate Sci-Fi.
23 people found this helpful
WordsOfMouthReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Cliche, overwrought, laughable.
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John Woo is a masterful action director but this script is just too hokey, contrived, and mentally stunted. It seems like a first draft of a first screenplay from an writer in a first screenwriting class. There are so many ridiculous jumps in story and ridiculous plot moves. Situations are cliche and totally unbelievable. The pacing, music, and camera techniques are melodramatic. The action is laughable. Guess Woo and everyone else phoned this one in for the title. This is a waste of Hollywood money and talent and your time if you watch.
7 people found this helpful
Joshua BelyeuReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Vastly Underrated...
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This is often considered the "black sheep" of director John Woo's American films, though to be honest I don't understand why. The story is engaging, the characters believable, and the ending more than satisfactory. Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, and Paul Giamatti all inhabit their characters perfectly, while Aaron Eckhart occasionally chews the scenery. If you like mysteries, this one's pretty in-depth...but its easy to follow if you pay attention. I think audiences were expecting more action, which is why it failed at the box-office.
14 people found this helpful
LKNANMLReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Underrated entertainment
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Once the story picks up it does a good job holding you till the end. It doesn't do a whole lot of character building so the motivation of the "bad guys" isn't very deep and the friendship angle is lost between the two.(That will make sense once you watch the movie. No spoilers). BA does an ok job here. UT does not. The chemistry is just not there as well but really doesn't subtract that much from the plot. It's not perfect but It's 100% worth your time on Prime.
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