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(2003)

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Ben Affleck's character 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).
Michael C. Hall's feature film debut.
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 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."
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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The 20 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.
Among the alternate features in the DVD, is the final wherein after Michael and Rachel get away, they pass by a pawnshop and Michael sees the ring that the kid took off him on the bus. He gets it and gives it to Rachel.
In the apparently random sequence of numbers and letters shown at the beginning are included cast/credits and all the items from Jennings's envelope.
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Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart and Uma Thruman have portrayed a character from Batman universe. Ben Affleck played Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad (2016), Aaron Eckhart played Harvey Dent/Two Face in The Dark Knight (2008) Uma Thruman played Poison Ivy/Dr. Pamela Isley in Batman and Robin (1997). And Michael C. Hall was the voice of Batman (Kirk Langstrom) in the animated movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015).
In the making of included on 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 etc. are there on purpose.
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Jennings received $526,000.19 for developing the holo-monitor.
This movie marks the second time that Kathryn Morris starred in a Philip K. Dick adaptation, the first being Minority Report (2002)
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The motorbike Ben Affleck's character takes from the BMW showroom is a 2003 BMW R1150R Rockster.
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Michael Jennings' monitor project was 19 October 2004 to 22 December 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 ID card from Alcom Corporation. In an FBI office scene there is a close shot of the card with a UPC bar-code 071486036043. This code corresponds to Premiere Magazine published by Curtis Circulation Company.
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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.
DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(John Woo): [Mexican Stand-off]: A mexican standoff twice between Jennings and Wolfe and Jennings and Rethrick.
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Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, and Michael C. Hall starred and starring in DC comics based movies. Uma played the villian Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin. Aaron played Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight. Michael voiced the alternate version of Batman in the animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters. And Ben is set to play Bruce Wayne in two upcoming movies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Sqaud.
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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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Three actors from this movie were in Batman movies Ben Affleck, Batman vs Superman dawn of justice (2016) Aaron Eckhart,The Dark Knight (2008) Uma Thurman,Batman and Robin(1997)
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The film takes place in 2007.
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Director Trademark 

John Woo: [reflections] When Jennings meets with the Rachel-Double in the Cafe, he sees her in the silver top of a sugar pot.
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John Woo: [doves]
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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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Thought up as a joke by a visual effects engineer (so says the "making of" included 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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