|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Uma Thurman, Joe Morton, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Giamatti, Ben Affleck, Colm Feore, Michael C. Hall|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Dont knock it until you've tried it!By john murray from Belfast , 05 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I'm not one for listening to reviews too much, however I thought it was only fair to balance some of the not so positive comments made on this film.
This is a thriller, not a classic, but one that offers a unique storyline which carries through to the end. The only reason I wouldnt give it the full 5 stars is just because some of the action scenes are set up in a way that are at times perdictable. This is the only downside and not a very big reason not to watch it, so get it out and enjoy it for what it is, a well thought out action packed movie that makes you think. If you liked Minority Report, you will like this.
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Solid sci-fi actioner from John Woo.By OriginalGooner (53 reviews) from London , 17 Jan 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideSci-fi actioner directed by John Woo in which square-jawed Ben Affleck pays Michael Jennings, a gifted computer engineer who takes on secretive computer projects for corporations for large sums of cash with one catch: the corporations insist that after completing each assignment he must have his short-term memory wiped so that he remembers nothing of the work that he has done. Each assignment thus far has been short-term, lasting no more than eight weeks, so each time Jennings has had his memory wiped after completing an assignment he has lost no more than eight weeks of his life. But this time he has been offered an assignment by a company called Allcom for which he will be paid $92 million on its completion, enough to set him up for life. The problem? It is a long-term assignment, lasting three years, which means that he will have to lose three years worth of memories upon completion of the assignment. Jennings weighs up this cost but the money is just too much of an incentive and he agrees to do the assignment. However after completing the mystery assignment and having his last three years of memory wiped Jennings finds out that four weeks before his memory was wiped he sold his stock options in Allcom meaning that he will not get any of the $92 million he was promised and on top of that he is a wanted man: his former bosses at Allcom want him dead. But Jennings does not know why, as he has no memory of the past three years. With his life in the balance and with an envelope of clues and useful items that he left for himself four weeks before his memory was wiped Jennings manages to locate some allies: his friend Shorty (played by Paul Giamatti) and love interest and employee of Allcom Dr Rachel (played by Uma Thurman), and with their help sets out to uncover just what he was doing over the last three years including why he gave up the $92 million all the while trying to avoid assassination by hit men working for his former bosses at Allcom. What he discovers is that during his three missing years he built a machine that could very well mean the end of the world, a machine that must be destroyed at any cost. I found this to be a good sci-fi film from John Woo, with a strong plot and predictably good action and fight sequences. John Woo certainly knows how to put together a good movie, and the clues that Jennings has to decipher throughout the movie are very enjoyable, although I felt there could have been more of the theoretical physics behind the machine that Jennings builds addressed in the film. My only other complaint is that the climax to the movie does not quite have enough impact (although it almost does). Nonetheless this is a very good movie, so I give it 4 stars.
like SCI/FIBy a customer from Holyhead , 04 Jan 2008unusual to say the least, hope for some more like this, this is my kind of film, next one please
paycheckBy a customer from Deal , 21 Dec 2007this is an exciting futuristic si-fi film with lots of action which has not been swamped by computer graphics. it is entertaining and well written and directed by John Woo.
a must see.
Not Woo's best, not PKD's best, but entertaining enoughBy Gestalt (36 reviews) from Guildford , 13 Aug 2007Having heard a lot of bad things about this film and skipped it when it first came out, I was actually pleasantly surprised. Ok, so it's far from the best John Woo or Philip K Dick film, but the result is entertaining enough, and to be fair the original short story it's based on wasn't exactly PKD's finest work either.
I don't recall there being many chases and shoot-outs in the original story, and certainly no slow motion flying white dove (gnngh - give it a rest already, Woo!). A lot of the mysterious items in the envelope have been changed too, but the overall premise remains the same - Ben Affleck plays an engineer who has his memory wiped after each job to ensure the confidentiality of his clients. At the end of a particularly big job on a top secret project, he's understandably a bit miffed when he goes to pick up his pay, only to find that he apparently signed away all the money in favour of taking an envelope full of seemingly worthless knick-knacks - hairspray, cigarettes, a bus ticket, a pair of naff looking sunglasses... Of course, he soon discovers that all those items are there for a reason, and in true 80s text adventure game style spends the next couple of hours running around trying to figure out where and when to use each item, while being chased by both the FBI and the company he was working for.
Sure, it's a bit hokey in places, the action isn't as spectacular as you'd expect from John Woo (it's more of a thriller than an action movie, to be honest), and the future looks remarkably like the present, apart from a few holographic displays borrowed from Minority Report and that nifty memory wiping machine they keep strapping Ben into. But the ride's fun, as long as you don't stop too long to pick holes in the plot.
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So, what's the envelope for again?By James from Edinburgh , 03 Jul 2007
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAbout the fifth time the plot was explained through another of the characters I rolled my eyes and sighed.
The ingenuity of the short-story this is based on lies in working out what item to use from the envelope to escape the threats faced.
This film just relies on the threats to either Ben Affleck or Uma Thurman for entertainment (and when you've worked out the plot, which should take anyone over 5 a matter of moments, you realise all the threats are empty anyway).
Lowest common denominator film-making.