PAY­CHECK

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

9.30PM, ONE ★★

Master ac­tion film­maker John Woo is in Face/Off mode for this loopy thriller about a soft­ware pi­rate (Ben Af­fleck) who gets his mind erased af­ter un­lock­ing the code to a ma­chine that can pre­dict the fu­ture. Has its share of in­ven­tively inane mo­ments in a Me­mento-meets-MacGyver kind of way, but the lethar­gic pair­ing of Af­fleck with Kill Bill’s Uma Thur­man kills a lot of the ex­cite­ment. In­ci­den­tally, Af­fleck’s $20 mil­lion salary ac­counted for more than a quar­ter of the en­tire bud­get.

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