After learning his memory has been erased, a technical wizard (Ben Affleck) goes on the run to piece together clues from his past.
" Every scene screams, 'I'm only doing this for the money.' "
" Without ever quite becoming boring, Paycheck seems to narrow into a routine pattern, and a plot that at first had nuance and the hint of a broader meaning degenerates into chases and standard action. "
" This smooth but bland thriller may be the best we could possibly expect from John Woo directing a Philip K. Dick adaptation, especially when Ben Affleck is added to the mix. "
" Affleck gives a sleek, economical performance as Jennings. "
" A mostly tangled affair that betrays an intriguing premise and botches most opportunites to deepen the proceedings. "
" Ben Affleck is a handsome fellow. No argument there. What he isn't is a particularly compelling leading man. "
" Unlike Woo's Face/Off or Broken Arrow, there are no stunts, special effects or kinetic moments in Paycheck that really blow you away. "
" The whole project bears the marks of a bored director, and a script in constant flux. "
" A bloated thriller that runs out of steam long before its final interminable chase. "
" Instead of a nifty thriller, Woo delivers typical bombast, making what should be an exciting film feel like 'Exhibit A' in the case against modern action films. "
" As a genius running for his life, Affleck's got the intensity of a frat brother racing to return a keg before he loses the deposit. "
" With its bland central character, and collapsible contraption of a plot, Paycheck leaves little after-effect. "
" Belongs with the likes of Impostor: a near-future tale of paranoia and suspense of disappointingly generic proportions. "
" We're left with the painful reality that Paycheck might get Alfred Hitchcock, but it certainly doesn't know Philip K. Dick. "
" If a movie is going to flout, or at least bend, the laws of the universe, it at least ought to obey its own internal rules. "
" The second half of the film is one overlong action sequence linked to another. "
" You may not buy everything about this movie, but you'll likely leave it with a smile. "
" Though the premise is provocative enough, the execution feels like a host of other violent action-drenched movies. "
" [Woo] still has pretty much of a tin ear for American performances, so he lets Affleck doze through the starring role. The film feels as if it has no center. "
" There's a sense of treading water about this movie. "
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