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.
A slick and twisty sci-fi thriller, John Woo's "Paycheck" entertains despite never quite fulfilling the promise of its premise. A muscular, somewhat mind-bending future tale, Woo's film makes for a swift and solid genre experience.
Built around Ben Affleck's Michael Jennings, the film follows as a perilous job assignment puts Jennings' life, not to mention the fate of the world, in jeopardy. Future-reading technology, erased memories, and other science fiction skullduggery fill out a plot that compels. The story may be more set-up than fully explored narrative, but it clicks regardless of its empty center.
Woo's direction pops with energy, and the production gleams with a shiny aesthetic exterior. Action beats propel the film forward; they are muscular, lean, and…
This one's finally starting to click for me a little. Woo's oft-stated love of Hitchcock manifests here with a literal bag full of setups to pay off. It's basically an excuse to move from one puzzle scenario to the next, at its best sort of a feature-length version of the mall chase in MINORITY REPORT. My main issue with it still stands, though: it looks cheap, like it was shot in a convention center in Vancouver or something, and I still think the editing is frequently arrhythmic by Woo's standards, cut for narrative clarity rather than visceral impact. But it's packed with trademark grace notes like a bead of sweat bouncing off a bullet in slow motion, or those patented spontaneous releases of kinetic energy like a guy getting launched into the air by an errant shotgun blast.
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*
Passable 2000´s action flick. I didn't hate it, didn't love it either. Lackluster performances all around, but I don't think that Affleck was phoning it in. His performance was probably just a victim of the script...
The premise was interesting enough and it didn't look terrible.
This movie was mediocrity at its marginal best.
Imagine you are given a handful of abstract shaped jigsaw pieces that when pieced together reveal the 3 years of memories you've lost, as well as how you just lost a $92,000,000 pay cheque.
I think John Woos' Paycheck is his most accomplished and stylish American movie. Michael Jennings is paid by big businesses to decode cutting edge technology and then exchanges the information in his memories for big pay days. After each job he loses chunks of time from his own history.
But after being double crossed Jennings attempts to reconstruct the past 3 years of his life, using a seemingly random selection of clues contained in a mysterious envelope.
The movie becomes more intriguing and Woo's direction of…
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.
In which Ben Affleck and Aaron Eckhart engage in a Chin/Off and everybody loses.
In my opinion John Woo does not have a very good record in my eyes. He ruined the mission impossible franchise, put Nicholas Cage's face on John Travolta and butchered Windtalkers. So, sitting down to watch Paycheck, also with Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman, two actors who I despise with a passion, I was expecting I would come out at the other end, deflated and disappointed. But then, watching the film for the first time, I was able to overlook the horrendous acting and painfully disgusting directorial choices. The film had a very intriguing premise, probably one of the best I've ever come across, which caught my attention very early on, despite Affleck's futile attempt at acting. I was prepared…
Based on a short story of one of my favorite sci-fi writer, Philips K. Dick, who wrote many stories which seemed to have great film potential.
Directed by John Woo and as lead actors, Aaron Eckhart, Ben Affleck and Uma Thurmann tells the story about Michael Jennings. Michael Jennings is a reverse engineer who is able to analyze any new invention, work out how it was made and make improvements in exchange for a big paycheck. For that big paycheck he is also willing to have his memory wiped and transfer all ownership of his knowledge to the buyer.
Things are sweet until he is asked for a really big job which would take up to three years. It is…
Um filme de ação. Dirigido por John Woo. Baseado em uma obra de Philip K. Dick. Com Uma Thurman no elenco. Gostou? Agora imagine que nesse mesmo filme tenhamos o astro Ben Afleck. Já mudou de idéia? Não? E se eu disser que "O Pagamento" é um filme de ação fraquíssimo, que John Woo errou a mão feio, que a obra de Philip K. Dick foi transformado em um capítulo da série "McGiver" e que Uma Thurman foi desperdíçada de maneira inacreditável. É. Realmente é de se decepcionar...
A trama é assim: Ben Afleck é um hábil engenheiro (não é pra rir, não é uma comédia...), especialista naquilo que aprendemos como "Engenharia Reversa", onde você fragmenta a tecnologia…
It’s surprising sometimes how your opinion of a movie evolves over time. Back in 2003 when I first saw Paycheck, I honestly enjoyed it. I acknowledged a few flaws here and there but on the whole, I thought it was a decent sci-fi action yarn. Fast forward to 2015 – Paycheck is now one of the dumbest movies I’ve ever seen. 119 minutes of my life, lost forever!
So what happened? Have I become cynical in my old age? Or perhaps I’m just more demanding and analytical after watching so many movies over the years. Is it too much to ask for a film to operate logically within the universe established in the story?
The problems with Paycheck start after…
Not too bad, I love John woos films and this one is just one Sci fi action film with Ben Affleck who btw is perfect for the role, along with Uma Thurman kicking, the crazy stunts and gun battles is what woo is known for, and this one just had the right amount of action, which wasn't over the top.
This film is all over the place, clearly by design. Yet the premise is more promising than what Woo makes with it.
The case of a Woo film where I'd rather it never got to the action. The first 2/3 is essentially Woo's Hitchcock lovefest, a bunch of whirling, airy mysteries and suspense movements that add up to nothing at all, but retain just enough dashes of Woo's romance and cheese, as well as his general skill, to make them compelling. The climax is a real drag, though.
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.
Even the best directors have their off days.
What films am I missing?