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Michael Jennings, Ben Affleck, is a Seattle-based computer genius who hires himself out to high tech companies for highly specialised, top-secret assignments. After these assignments have been accomplished, he has his memory for the period erased, ensuring he can never give away any secrets. Usually these memory erasures cover a period of a couple of months, but when billionaire Rethrick, Aaron Eckhart, offers Jennings $90 million to do a highly secret task for him, the period of memory erasure is three years. Three years later, Jennings is appalled to discover that he himself signed a waiver rejecting the paycheck; instead, he willed himself an envelope filled with apparently insignificant items. Attempting to find out what happened during those three missing years leads him into dangerous territory. Several of Philip K. Dick's sci-fi stories have been turned into memorable films, like Blade Runner and Total Recall, but Paycheck, one of his early stories, written in 1953, isn't one of them. Director John Woo pumps up the volume with the requisite number of action sequences, but there's a tired feeling to the film, as if no-one involved really cared all that much. Ben Affleck is not very happily cast, and he makes little effort to bring any depth to the character; worse, he has no chemistry whatsoever with Uma Thurman, who seems ill-at-ease and uncomfortable. It's a film that, when you think about it afterwards, doesn't make any kind of sense; but that wouldn't matter so much if the ride had been an entertaining one. In this case, it isn't.