Paycheck (2003)

Ending / spoiler

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Ben Affleck uses the objects in the envolope to escape from Rethrick's pursuits. Uma Thurman also escapes from Rethrick's company to find Ben and help him rediscover the secrets he uncovered. They managed to sneak back into the company and Ben realizes that he had been working on a machine that can see into the future. He foresaw all the times Rethrick would try to kill him. The everyday objects in the envelope would help save his life. One item he sent to himself was microfilm hidden in the stamps on the envelope. It told the future of the world if Rethrick introduced this machine to the world. It would cause great destruction and death. Ben also used this machine to foresee his death. He sees that he will be shot and die on the scaffolding of a tent, so he sets a clock to go off later than the moment he is to be killed. So instead of him dying, the corporate guy is saved. Ben and Uma Thurman escape together, and later on he realizes that he had in fact bought a winning lottery ticket and hid it in the bottom of the birdcage, which ended up being worth the same as the job he did would have paid.


Factual error: When Shorty is removing Jennings' memories in the beginning, the pictures shown are from a third person viewpoint. If they are his memories, shouldn't these be from Jennings' viewpoint? (00:06:40)


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Michael Jennings: If you love me, if you care about me, go. Have a good life. Remember me.

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Question: Ben Affleck first met Uma Thurman at a party just before he was offered and accepted the three year job. Surely he would have recognized her after having his memory wiped even if he could not remember any of the time they spent together.

Answer: He does recognize Rachel from the party as well as when he when he saw her at Allcom. The only things he doesn't remember are the last three years of his life since starting the project. So, while he does remember her, the three years they spent together while at Allcom are a total blank. This recognition is shown when he meets with Porter who helps him escape.

But later, when he is going through her stuff, he says he doesn't remember her. Also, if he did remember her, he would have known it wasn't her when the imposter was in the restaurant (also no need to have the imposter try to dress like her either).

Answer: Do you remember every person you've ever talked to at a party? Didn't think so. His memory isn't restored back to perfect condition - he's still had three years to forget about details at the party. He remembers things like the origins of the deal because it was important.

Nick N.

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