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(2003)

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Jennings (Ben Affleck) was supposed to be a New York Mets fan (or Yankees, sources differ), but Affleck, a Boston Red Sox fan, persuaded Director John Woo to change the team to the Red Sox.
John Woo originally did not want to do his trademark "Mexican Standoff" in this film, but Ben Affleck begged Woo to include the scene, having been a big fan of Woo's films The Killer (1989) and Hard Boiled (1992).
Matt Damon was originally considered for the part of Michael Jennings, but turned it down, because it was too similar to The Bourne Identity (2002).
In the original story ("Paycheck" by Philip K. Dick) Jennings sends to himself very different items, and there were only seven 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."
Michael C. Hall's feature film debut.
Among the alternate features in the DVD, is the final, wherein after Michael and Rachel get away, they pass by a pawn shop, and Michael sees the ring that the kid took off him on the bus. He gets it, and gives it to Rachel.
Just before Michael starts his second project, he comments on the Red Sox making the World Series. Although this film was released in 2003, it is set in 2004, and accurately predicts the Red Sox making the World Series, although it incorrectly predicts that they would lose.
In the DVD special feature about the film's stunts, Stunt Coordinator Gregg Smrz explains that in a chase-scene crash between a car and a big rig truck, the truck was actually towing the car by use of a cable system that the special effects department fabricated. One of the chains connecting the two vehicles is noticeable during this crash sequence in the film.
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This was Ben Affleck's biggest paycheck to date, earning him approximately fifteen million dollars.
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The twenty items that Jennings sent to himself are: sunglasses, pack of cigarettes, bus pass, diamond ring, paperclip, fortune from a cookie, janitor's key, lighter, hairspray, matchbook, Allcom pass, BMW key, looking glass, stamp, ball bearings, allen wrench, half dollar, cross word puzzle, bullet, and a watch.
In the "Making of" featurette on the DVD, John Woo says that the visual similarities in the lead character to Roger Thornhill from North by Northwest (1959), as well as similarities in chase scenes, et cetera, are there on purpose.
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In the apparently random sequence of numbers and letters shown at the beginning, are included cast credits, and all the items from Jennings' envelope.
Most of the main cast have portrayed characters from various versions of the Batman universe. Ben Affleck played Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016). Aaron Eckhart played Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two Face, in The Dark Knight (2008). Uma Thurman played Dr. Pamela Isley, a.k.a. Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin (1997). Michael C. Hall was the voice of Kirk Langstrom, a.k.a. Man-Bat in the animated movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015). Colm Feore played Dr. Francis Dulmacher, a.k.a. Dollmaker, in the Gotham (2014), and Joe Morton played Dr. Silas Stone in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
This movie marks the second time that Kathryn Morris appeared in a Philip K. Dick adaptation, the first being Minority Report (2002).
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Jennings received five hundred twenty thousand dollars and nineteen cents, for developing the holo-monitor.
The motorbike Jennings (Ben Affleck) takes from the BMW showroom, is a 2003 BMW R1150R Rockster.
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Michael Jennings' monitor project was October 19, 2004 to December 22, 2004 (date of his check). His paycheck project finishes June 2007 (date of his signed paper).
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One of the items in the envelope is Michael's identification card from Alcom Corporation. In an F.B.I. office scene, there is a close shot of the card with a U.P.C. barcode 071486036043. This code corresponds to Premiere Magazine published by Curtis Circulation Company.
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Woo): (Mexican stand-off): A Mexican stand-off happens between Jennings and Wolfe, and Jennings and Rethrick.
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The year before, Ben Affleck appeared in The Sum of All Fears (2002), as Jack Ryan, a role previously played by Harrison Ford. This film is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, whose work also inspired the film Blade Runner (1982), also starring Ford.
The sender address of the envelope is M. Jennings/Alcom Eng. Dept., Discovery Park, Orondo, WA 98830, phone 206-555-0101, and the destination Jane Anderson/Reddy Grant, 401 Burrard St., Seattle, WA 98817, phone 206-555-0199. The shipping date is 5/20/07.
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The film takes place in 2004 and 2007.
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Director Trademark 

John Woo: [doves]
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Thought up as a joke by a Visual Effects Engineer (according to the "Making of" featurette on DVD), some scenes make hints that the machine may be a sophisticated hand-lines reader. Before Michael goes to Allcom for his job, he's getting inspiration from a ceramic hand sculpture, showing the lines. When, at the end of the film, he uses the machine, there is a close shot of interaction between the machine and his hand-lines.
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Woo): (birdcage): In the final scene, Michael finds a winning lottery ticket hidden under newspaper in the bottom of a birdcage. This is similar to the opening scene of Hard Boiled (1992), where gang members sell illegal firearms in a tea house, by concealing them in the hollow bottoms of birdcages.
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DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(John Woo): [reflections]: When Jennings meets with the Rachel-double in the café, he sees her in the silver top of a sugar pot.
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