MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 325 this week

Paycheck (2003)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 82,463 users   Metascore: 43/100
Reviews: 336 user | 191 critic | 34 from Metacritic.com

What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.

Director:

Writers:

(short story), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 04 Jun 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 29 Aug 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 19 Feb 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "Paycheck" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Paycheck (2003)

Paycheck (2003) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Paycheck.

User Polls

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of what happens one day in New York when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud.

Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Kim Staunton
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Stars: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ian Mongrain
Bereft (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young Vermont widow is haunted by the memory of her dead husband, while dealing with her family, employer, and other residents of her small town.

Directors: Tim Daly, Clark Mathis
Stars: Vinessa Shaw, Tim Blake Nelson, Patrick Burleigh
Broken Arrow (1996)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the U.S. military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans.

Director: John Woo
Stars: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A top Hollywood talent agent finds his cushy existence threatened when he discovers that his wife is cheating on him and that his journal has been swiped by a reporter out to bring him down.

Director: Mike Binder
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Romijn, John Cleese
Jersey Girl (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After his career is sidelined from an unexpected tragedy and a personal blowup, a single man must take care of his precocious daughter.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro
Daredevil (2003)
Action | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A man accidentally hits a homeless person with his car and then can't seem to get rid of him the rest of the night.

Director: Jordan Brady
Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Luke Wilson
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron
State of Play (2009)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck
Smokin' Aces (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta
The Crossing I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the midst of the Chinese Revolution during the late 1940s, couples flee to the island of Taiwan.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Shan Cong, Xiaoming Huang, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Rita Dunne
...
Maya-Rachel
Christopher Kennedy ...
Stevens
...
Agent Fuman
...
Agent Mitchell
...
Jude - Guard
...
Jane
Edit

Storyline

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 ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The future depends on a past he was paid to forget. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense action violence and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pago  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$564,919 (Australia) (19 March 2004)

Gross:

$2,141,356 (Japan) (2 April 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the original story ("Paycheck" by Philip K. Dick) Jennings sends to himself very different items and there were only 7 of them. They were: "A code key. A ticket stub. A parcel receipt. A length of fine wire. Half a poker chip, broken across. A green strip of cloth. A bus token." See more »

Goofs

During the mall shoot out Jennings shoves the gunman aiming at Shorty as he scrambles for utility tunnel door and his gun is clearly knocked out of the mans hand but after shorty escapes the scene cuts back to same gunman falling over a row of chairs gun firmly in hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Holographic Woman: It's time to wake up... and get a life. We live in a 3-dimensional world. Until now, the world of computing has been a flat world, consisting of 2-dimensional imagery. Now, through the use of exclusive breakthrough technology, ARC has made it possible for you to get a life. A-Life, where we can work and play in a lifelike world of 3-dimensional reality. A-Life, the living monitor.
See more »

Connections

References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Conversations
Written & Performed by Paul Horn
Courtesy of Inside Music, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

some clever plotting done in by man-on-the-run cliches
9 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews





Though futuristic in look and tone, John Woo's `Paycheck' is really a throwback to that oldie about the man who wakes up one day as an amnesiac only to find himself being pursued by the authorities for a crime he may or may not have committed (just about every other Hitchcock film seemed to be built on this premise to one extent or another). The difference is that Michael Jennings is an amnesiac by choice, a brilliant engineer and scientist whose job it is to develop top-secret inventions for hi tech corporations. Once he's delivered the goods, he allows his memory to be erased – thereby rendering him innocuous as a security threat - in exchange for the lucrative paychecks the companies offer him.

Yet another of the many recent adaptations of a Phillip Dick story, `Paycheck' begins in the present day, a strange choice on the part of the filmmakers actually, for in this film's view of 2004, the technology for memory erasure seems to be in full swing and widely accepted (perhaps the producers didn't want to have to deal with the expense or bother of creating futuristic designs for their sets and costumes). The majority of the story, however, takes place in 2007, after Jennings `wakes up' from a three-year stint working on a secret project about which he can remember nothing. The trouble is that things haven't quite worked out the way Jennings planned as he finds himself the quarry of both the FBI and the organization for which he was working. Of course, Jennings doesn't know why. As is customary with films of this type, we uncover the clues and piece together the picture right along with the increasingly more enlightened main character.

It's that piecing together that is the sole factor of interest in `Paycheck,' for Dick is clearly a writer with a fertile imagination and a gift for mind-bending storytelling. When the film sticks to unraveling its plot complications, it is generally sharp, intriguing and thought-provoking. Too often, though, the film degenerates into a collection of man-on-the-run, action movie clichés. Although the special effects are occasionally impressive, the far-too-frequent chase sequences defy all logic and believability. In fact, a number of scenes actually elicit a few unwanted giggles, so ludicrous and over-the-top are the setup and execution. Director Woo, past master of action spectaculars, is clearly working on autopilot in this film.

There isn't much to say about the acting, either. Although Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman - as the woman Jennings fell in love with during the three years, but whom he can no longer remember - do their best with the characters assigned to them, neither is given much chance to expand beyond the stereotypical confines of their respective roles.

When it comes to all those involved in this film, I suspect that Jennings isn't the only one here working solely for the paycheck.


34 of 47 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Top [...] Things We All Learned from Paycheck Greth_of_D
And the ring? Jaouad-El
WHY DID THEY MAKE UMA LOOK UGLY? Golddiggerbaby
Lottery Time Frame error!!! sectorsevenggg
Keycard...? Ariston72
How is the machine works??? joshchu1911
Discuss Paycheck (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?