Paycheck: Doug Curran
EW Staff
August 15, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Paycheck

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
110 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/25/03
performer
Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Aaron Eckhart, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Michael C. Hall, Kathryn Morris
director
John Woo
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Dean Georgaris
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C+

Ben Affleck, you may recall, also acts every now and then. So enough with his love life, let?s talk about his career. ”Paycheck” is Affleck?s first big Christmas release, and his entrée into sci-fi. ”I play a computer engineer,” he says. ”An old friend, a Bill Gates-like computer tycoon [Aaron Eckhart] offers me a big paycheck in exchange for coming to work with him for three years.” The catch? Affleck’s memory is erased, leaving him to figure out what happened. In the interim, he romances scientist Uma Thurman and takes a few sprints around the block with Eckhart?s goons in tow. Hmm. Sounds like that other Philip K. Dick-inspired flick, ”Total Recall.” Affleck demurs. This is ?not about creating fantasies,? he says. ?The computers can only erase what you’ve seen.” Besides, ”it’s much closer to the modern day. There’s no [he affects a Schwarzenegger drone] ‘get yohr ahss tu Mahhs.?”

As for Eckhart, playing a zillionaire was not without its perks. ”I got to wear nice clothes and watches,” he boasts. ”Hopefully, I’ll get to take them home.”

The Killer Moment In an ode to North by Northwest’s plane chase, Affleck goes head-to-head with a subway train.

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