When I initially heard of this movie, I was not very excited to see it.  I thought, and still do think, that John Woo is a director who just likes to blow things up, a Hong Kong Michael Bay.  I didn’t, and still don’t, like Ben Affleck and I didn’t know who Aaron Eckhart was.  I know who he is now and love him and I think Uma Thurman is gorgeous every since I saw Kill Bill.  But most importantly, I realized that this movie is based off of a short story by none other than Philip K. Dick.  He is one of the best science fiction and speculative fiction to ever live and he is only now beginning to get some of the credit he has long deserved.  Now you have the chance to see one of his movies in a brand new format.

Starting this May 19th, now available on Blu-ray Disc from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Studios Home Entertainment comes the story of an engineer in the future whose forgotten past is destroying his future and the time left to remember is running out.  Paycheck – Blu-ray Disc is ready to blast out of your television screen and fill your living room with yet another fantastically human story from the mind of Philip K. Dick and the over-the-top directing of John Woo.  Bring home this fantastic futuristic thriller today!

Michael Jennings is a reverse engineer, someone who works for a company and looks at their competitors projects, then remakes them as better than the others.  After every job he takes, he has his memory wiped to keep their projects safe and he is paid very well for this job.  But after he wakes up without a memory from a three year job he took at his friend’s company, things start to get really strange.  He has no money and the FBI is after him.  Now his old boss is trying to kill him and he’s running out of explanations why.  Will he be able to remember his past before it’s too late to save himself?  This movie stars Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Joe Morton and Michael C. Hall and was directed by John Woo.

The special features included in this Blu-ray Disc are an optional audio commentary from director John Woo, an optional audio commentary from screenwriter Dean Georgaris, a look at how they designed the future of this movie, a featurette about the different stunts in the film and a selection of deleted and/or extended scenes from the movie.

I’m not a big fan of John Woo and his directing style, but it was sufficiently toned down in this movie.  Also, the story wasn’t fully developed beyond much of an action plot.  As with all Philip K. Dick stories, there are deep implications to the way humanity lives their lives and why things are the way they are.  Much of the deeper aspects of this story are left underutilized.  Nonetheless, the movie is a good and a very enjoyable science fiction story.  It is a special treat to see Michael C. Hall in a movie, especially because this is one of the few performances he has taped that were not on the small screen.  I have always said that Michael C. Hall needs to be in more movies and here’s your chance to see exactly why I mean that.  Bring this movie home today and enjoy some great high-definition action.

This is one Paycheck you’ll want to cash over and over.

This Blu-ray Disc is available at Amazon.com.

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