That's from the film Paycheck. I missed that film when it came out but I couldn't get to sleep last night so I ended up streaming movies online and one of them was Paycheck. The film stars Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman.
Uma's her usual amazing self. I was also really impressed with Ben Affleck who is not someone who has impressed me a great deal in his career. I thought he did a good job in the popcorn movie Armageddon but he's eluded me otherwise.
I mentioned that once to C.I. and she said, "You have to see Hollywood Land." C.I. knows and likes Ben (she knows Matt and finds him irritating these days for obvious reasons). So I finally got around to seeing Hollywood Land for Diane Lane. And Ben really gave a mature performance in that film.
(Diane was wonderful.)
So anyway, this was really a good movie. In a way, it reminded me of Hitchock's North By Northwest and I wondered why science fiction can't borrow more from Hitchcock.
And maybe it was the late hour (or early morning hour) but Ben? Pretty sexy in that movie.
Paycheck's about what?
I'll give you some of the basics because I do remember the trailer for it when it came out and it looked boring as hell to me then. Ben is a smart guy, a scientist. You know how some people can see a dress, maybe study it, and the go home and sew it? Make that same dress just perfectly?
He can do that with computers and things.
And he does that for a living. Companies hire him to spy on other companies and rebuild their technology. When he's done with the job, he gets his memories pulled and the company can claim that they came up with the idea that Ben stole for them.
You find that out in the first ten minutes (I'm not doing spoilers, don't worry).
Ben holds the record for memory wipeage and I think it's 8 weeks. But he's offered big money, millions, if he'll try for a 3 year assignment. That's when he meets Uma -- still 1st 20 minutes or so.
Now it seems like an easy assignment -- except for health risks -- but here's where it becomes like North By Northwest and everything's confusing and on the run.
So there you go. No spoilers but hopefully enough background that you'll want to see it if you haven't already.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"