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2000s, Action, Time Travel

Paycheck (2003)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A Phillip K Dick short story of the same name.
Writer/s Script Dean Georgaris
Director John Woo
Starring Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti, Michael C Hall
Elevator Pitch An engineer who works on highly sensitive contracts and allows his memory of the work to be erased on completion, is offered one last job which may take three years. On its completion he finds himself on the run chased by hit men from his former employer and the FBI. His only help is a female employee with whom he had apparently had an affair, and the items in the envelope which he sent to himself.
Content A lot of high tech stuff in shiny laboratories. An extended chase scene as the engineer discovers the uses for the items he has been sent, and an unrealistic motor bike versus car set piece. Some gunfire and one explosion. No drinking, drugs, nudity or sex.
A View This was pretty well panned by the critics and BA as well, who was nominated by the Razzies for worst actor of the decade, and won the 2004 worst actor award. It is not totally awful, and handled the future quite well, so a watch if you like that sort of thing.

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