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John Woo

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About the Movie

Michael Jennings is a reverse engineer and what he does is technical jobs for certain companies and as soon as he is done, his memory of the work he has done is wiped out. Now the longest he has been contracted is 2 months. But now billionaire, James Rethrick offers him a job that would last 2 years, maybe 3, and he promises that he will probably earn 8 figures. Michael agrees. Before beginning he turns in all of his personal effects. And when the job is done, his memory is erased and he learns he made over 90 million dollars over the three years. When he goes to claim it and his personal effects, he discovers that prior to the erasure of his memory he waived his rights to the money he earned and that the items that were given to him were not the ones he gave when he began. Later he is arrested by the FBI who say that he committed some act of treason and murder. It's while he is in custody that he escapes using some the items that he was given. He later meets with a friend who gives him some information that helps him understand what is going on. And at the same time Rethrick for some reason wants him so he is being pursued by Rethrick's people.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 157
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 115
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This smooth but bland thriller may be the best we could possibly expect from John Woo directing a Philip K. Dick adaptation, especially when Ben Affleck is added to the mix. – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Though the premise is provocative enough, the execution feels like a host of other violent action-drenched movies. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Without ever quite becoming boring, Paycheck seems to narrow into a routine pattern, and a plot that at first had nuance and the hint of a broader meaning degenerates into chases and standard action. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 15, 2004

Rotten: The second half of the film is one overlong action sequence linked to another. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Better than expected

Low expectations move the story along! Never read reviews! Never, never believe bored reviewers that gave this film 27%! Remember 27% of pro reviewers like this film.

I really liked it

Sure there a few things which stretch credibility but they are very few once you accept that this is set in the not-too-distant future. Won’t write home to momma, but will definitely feel that you’ve been entertained.


Excellent I enjoyed this film several times!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2003

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