BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,

Mini review ...

OK, so as regular readers of this space know, I don't watch a lot of movies. Frankly, I don't know how anybody can sit through a whole movie at home ... I mean, it's one thing if you've blocked out time to go to the theater and invest the $$$ in the project ... but at home there's always a dozen other things to do!

Anyway, a month or so back there was a decent sale happening at the local Blockbusters and I ducked in and bought two DVDs, Big Fish (which The Wife had rented a while back and we really liked) and Paycheck. I used to be a big Philip K. Dick fan back in my SciFi reading days, and I really think it's great that his writing has been the seed for so many films since Blade Runner, and Paycheck is one of the latest of these PKD-inspired films (although I'm not sure what story it's based on).

TV really sucked the past couple of nights, so I was looking for something to watch while I ate, and figured I'd finally pop a DVD into the machine. Paycheck had a lot of the vibe of other PKD-inspired films like Total Recall or Minority Report, but somehow it seemed more "true to" Dick's writing than the others. It starred Ben Afflek and Uma Thurman and was directed by John Woo. The story is about some hot-shot tech guy who reverse-engineers stuff for corporations and then has his memory erased ... he's brought in on a project that takes three years (as opposed to the few weeks most of his gigs ran) but promises an 8-9 figure "paycheck" at the end. The first half (up to his memory wipe of the 3 years) builds with suspense, and the second half was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle solving clues that were mysteriously left for him. Pretty cool stuff.

I hope the next PKD film is going to be good. It's A Scanner Darkly (which I recall as being a truely twisted book!) and has an "all star cast" including Keanu Reeves in the lead role, with other "names" such as Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, and Robert Downey Jr. involved.

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