I'm trying to create a full list of the subgenres. Cyberpunk can best be defined as high tech meets low…
Remember the future.
Michael Jennings is a genius who's hired -- and paid handsomely -- by high-tech firms to work on highly sensitive projects, after which his short-term memory is erased so he's incapable of breaching security. But at the end of a three-year job, he's told he isn't getting a paycheck and instead receives a mysterious envelope. In it are clues he must piece together to find out why he wasn't paid … and how he's gotten in hot water.
Me watching this movie:
"I don't quite get what's going-- ohhhhh..."
"Hey, its Dexter!"
"Wait, what? Oh, now I get it...."
"Hold on, what in the fuck?!"
"Oh, its that thing he had and that other thing he had and next he'll use that other thing he has. "
*Predicts rest of plot with 90% accuracy*
*Calls friend and verbally assaults him for recommending this film*
Here's a somewhat superficial observation: Paycheck is a John Woo action flick that goes to great length not to show any onscreen deaths. Not only are the vast majority of the film's goons dispatched through non-lethal means, but Ben Affleck never kills anyone directly. More characters die onscreen in the early Woo comedy From Riches to Rags than in Paycheck. Make of that what you will.
A confusing plot that gets more ridiculous as the film unfolds this has Ben Affleck in a memory wiping movie without much substance. John Woo directs this and gives a few nice action sequences but little else. The BMW bike chase is particularly good but the rest is tosh. Hard to believe that our Ben is now the toast of Hollywood after this shit. His chemistry with love interest Uma Thurman is non-existent and Aaron Eckhart is a pantomime villain lacking menace or believability. A shocking script doesn't help things and it is not a surprise that this is loathed by most. Bollocks.
Forget this is John Woo. Forget this is major movie stars. And by all means forget any overly optimistic things you've heard about the film. Go in with low expectations, looking only for a couple fun hours on pizza night and this might be just right.
I have a big soft spot for movies that have to do with time travel, seeing the future, and alternate realities. Therefore my rating for movies in that genre tend to skew a little higher than they normally would. I think it's only fair to mention that at the outset of this review because I don't want to give the false impression that this is a good quality movie. It is a romp that can offer some mild entertainment value and that's about all.
The acting is bad, but it has Ben Affleck so you already knew that. The action is typical John Woo stuff, it is entertaining but entirely illogical. The story is almost sci-fi light. It has this…
The rhythm and the style is in between Total Recall and Mission Impossible 2. The worst thing of the movie is of course the cast. The better, to have a sci-fi movie with so many elements to analyze (machine of the future, memory clean, the meaning of the human life and so on) that only in the end is predictable. You will enjoy with the motorcycle scene: a pure John Woo action scene. And of course, there is a white dove.
I haven't read Dick's script, but I will.
You know, this isn't good but it's also not the worst action movie I've ever seen. Highly predictable, but somewhat enjoyable.
Basada en un cuento de Philip K. Dick, no es más que otra del subgénero "vamos a violar escritores de ciencia ficción". Se hace bastante amena a pesar de su cutrez y las flipadas de Woo.
Paycheck is a near future sci-fi thriller about intellectual property and the challenges of amnesia, but ultimately it is an action movie that doesn't dwell on these themes after the opening act.
The concept is that Michael Jennings is an electronics engineer who is hired for short jobs and then volunteers to get his memory of the time involved wiped.
It is more style than substance. The action scenes are eye popping, especially the motorbike chase but are so extreme they stretch belief for a man who has spent the last 3 years locked in a lab. If you don't think about it too much it is a good ride but much of it feels like it has borrowed ideas and stunts from other movies making it highly forgettable.
Paycheck is an excellent example of good premise really really poorly executed. The plot holes, the contradictions, the mediocre visual effects, and the phoned in directing from the usually better John Woo; this film really seems to have been just about the title for all involved.
pretty awful. the last 20 minutes was okay though. emphasis on "okay".
Its a good movie, mostly during the first hour where we have a mystery and you are near the screen trying to understand what is going on, but once the "secret" is destroyed the movie becomes an explosion and car chase non-sense...its a pitty..
Another problematic, sentimentally operatic John Woo film that just doesn't play as well as his Hong Kong films. The action is OK but the sci-fi McGuffin is a bit silly. Uma Thurman in particular feels a bit constrained here having to play a classic female supporting character to the male lead in an action film, and it is amazing that it was made the same time as the Kill Bill films.
I ended up feeling as if this plays like Charade meets Total Recall, but not as good as either.
- La Jetée
- Burst City
- Blade Runner
- Strange Days
- Juno and the Paycock
- The Ladykillers
- Wee Willie Winkie
Even the best directors have their off days.
What films am I missing?
- Can't Stop the Music
- The Formula
- Friday the 13th
- The Jazz Singer
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.