The story follows Ben Affleck, a guy who goes into a programme where his is paid a big sum of money to reverse engineer things for example, 6 months, then have that 6 months erased as soon as the work is done. Anything done in those 6 months, becomes the people who paid him's property. It's a fairly complicated story to explain, he ends up getting in trouble with the FBI, waking up with an erased memory being chased by the FBI, not knowing why. To add on to the mystery, before he had his mind wiped he wavered his rights to the money he was mean't to be paid. Only being left with a handful of items he had sent himself in an envelope. You follow Ben as he tries to figure out what, why and how he's in this position.
I have always been a big fan of Affleck, since his work with Kevin Smith. I feel Affleck carries this movie, accompanied by a good plot. I found it really interesting, it isn't anything original, following the likes of Bourne Identity and Total Recall but it's exciting and fun. The biggest flaw would have to be that the items are too specific to a situation, it isn't all that believable.
For having 3 box office bombs in one year and winning 3 razzies for worst actor 2003 was not the best year for Ben Affleck although I didn't think he was bad in this. Ben Affleck basically takes up after his buddy Matt Damon because his character in this is basically Jason Bourne.
This would've made a brilliant tv show.
It's funny how this futuristic sci-fi movie is a bit off. I mean the movie doesn't really hold up today. It's still a good science fiction - I meant action - story and I enjoyed watching it, maybe even more now that I recognize all of the supporting cast, but parts of the movie looked...fake I guess, or like it was made in the 80s instead of the 00s.
Paycheck was awesome when I saw it as a kid, it's still a pleasant movie to watch but it's definitely not a film for a nitpicking audience. @wornoutspines
So what's wrong with the movie? So many things in such little baffling ways. Ben affleck is wholly unbelievable as an 'engineer' (compare and contrast to Carruth in primer), the other actors, including eckhart are hamming it up and the time aspects of the plot are poorly explored. Paul Giamatti gets too little screen time, Uma Thurman gets too much and the action scenes are utterly forgettable despite the fact that this is a John Woo Film.
Paycheck is a bad movie, such a bad movie in fact that it seems like the director saw an apocalyptic future triggered by the movie in a reverse engineered machine and designed the movie to be shit and forgettable to save us all. Avoid.