Paycheck (Widescreen Edition) (2003)
Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, et al.
Region 2 encoding (Europe, Japan, South Africa and the Middle East
Special Feature Information: Director Commentary,
Tempting Fate The
Stunts Of Paycheck Featurette,
is the sort of bland action movie that’ll make for passable video fodder
when the video you really wanted is out.
Despite a clever premise (based on a short story by Philip K. Dick) which
involves an engineer who has his mind wiped after doing top secret jobs
for multinational companies), the movie is so routine and formulaic that
you don’t even have to hit the Pause button when you go and make some
popcorn or fetch a beer from the freezer.
It didn’t have to be like this: the movie starts off promisingly with a
good idea, but the script soon plays its hands and ruins any possible
surprises it could have had early on. What follows is a long drawn out
chase movie without any of the over-the-top action sequences (the last
ultra-violent twenty minutes of Hard Boiled, the motorbike chase in
Mission Impossible 2, etc.) that director John Woo is known for.
Affleck is so bland that he doesn’t even make an overpaid genius engineer
who is also a kick ass kung fu stick fighter and a real lady’s man (just
how likely is that?) a figure you’d hate.
Nope, this is a real McDonald’s burger of a movie: you’ll have an OK time
wolfing it down, feel
guilty afterwards about wasting your money on something so unhealthy and
in no time you’d forget ever having one.
THE DISC: This Region 2 disc seems very similar to the Region 1
disc with the same featurettes, etc.
To be honest I didn’t even bother checking out the extra features out
because, well, the movie is just so uninteresting that wouldn’t want to
know anything more about it. (Uhm, okay, I did check out the deleted
scenes, but including them wouldn’t have helped this lame cut price
WORTH IT? There are better stuff to be found on your local video
shop’s shelves, I’m sure. Then again, you can also do a whole lot worse (Dragon
RECOMMENDATION: Read a good Philip K. Dick book instead. I can
recommend any of the following titles: Valis; The Divine
Invasion; A Scanner Darkly; The Transmigration of Timothy
Archer; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Flow My Tears
the Policeman Said; The Man in the High Castle and Martian