Here Is What You Need To Know:
The good people in Hollywood have turned to Philip K. Dick once again for a story idea. This time its Paycheck, a story written before most of us were born and simply updated. That's real exciting. Ben “How the Hell Did This Guy Become A Star” Affleck stars as an engineer named Michael Jennings who was hired to reverse engineer something and now he has a hole in his memory. We sure see this a lot in science-fiction, the guy with the swiss-cheese mind, don't we. Where does this all end up, well, without ruining your time, Jennings gets to see the future.
What Was Cool:
-Some of the visual effects and sets are nice
-If you are into gigantic chicks then this film has Uma Thurman in it. Thurman is okay in Paycheck but she's a little stiff.
-Giving John Woo a pay check to direct Paycheck was pretty cool. His style helped make this a less boring film, but its not his best work. I suspect he just showed up for the—paycheck.
What Was Stupid:
-Casting Ben Affleck was stupid.
-Not really marketing this as a science-fiction films was stupid. What a bunch of wimps.
The Film's Real Genius or Geniuses:
The various visual effects supervisors are the geniuses yet again.
The labor of all the visual effects artists was overlooked with Paycheck as the visual effects are the most interesting aspect of the entire film.
Use of Science C
Portrayal of Women C (Oh help me)
Visuals-VFX and SFX B
Visuals-Set Design/Props B-
Style/Sex Appeal C- (For the ladies who are into men, you have Affleck. For ladies who are into big gals, you have Thurman.)
Enjoyability Grade C
Home Theater/HD Factor B
Gut Check (Level of Studio Executive Guts) D (Pulling an old story out and dusting it off-cowardly.)
Overall Innovation C-
Overall Grade C