Paycheck (2003)


“[quoting from a fortune cookie strip] If you only look where you can’t go, you will miss the riches below.” – Michael Jennings

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (21 Feb 2004 in theater, video, DVD and 26 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A brilliant engineer who purposefully has his memory erased following his work on top secret jobs must try and piece together the information as to why his current employers wish to kill him.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve enjoyed ever since I first saw it when it came out over 15 years ago.

The plot and story are quite innovative and fun and manages to stay interesting throughout.

The casting of Ben Affleck in the lead was a great one and he helps make this story feel even more plausible as things move along.

The film is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick and they do a nice job expanding the story here which allows for things to feel even more realistic as the story moves forwrad.

The film has some obvious plot holes related to the space/time continuum, but if one overlooks them, the story works quite well from start to finish.

They do a great job putting together the pieces of the puzzle that the main character is trying to solve and the viewer gets things revealed to them at the same time as the main character does.

Love the way that this film is basically grating a character the ability to reverse engineer his own experiences in order to try and understand what is really going on around him.

This is not a perfect film, but they find a way to keep things paced really well while also giving us a fun and captivating story that doesn’t give up all the way until the very end of the movie as it gains more and more momentum along the way.

Bottom Line – Really fun and inventive film that works due to the casting of Affleck in the lead and the clever script. They do a nice job expanding on the original short story and helps make things come across in a plausible fashion even when taking into account the obvious plot holes dealing with the space/time continuum. Love the way that the story slowly puts the pieces of the puzzle together both for us and for the characters as the story needs to be reverse engineered by the characters in order for things to start making sense.  This film is far from perfect, yet it knows how to keep the story captivating and fun and the pace continues to gain momentum along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Just before Michael starts his second project, he comments on the Red Sox making the World Series. Although this film was released in 2003, it is set in 2004, and accurately predicts the Red Sox making the World Series, although it incorrectly predicts that they would lose. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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