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16th May '16 7:37:29 AM Kalaong
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##a postage stamp on the envelope - [[spoiler:contains microfilm with snapshots from the future the fact that it's Albert Einstein on the stamp is a clue]].

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##a ##an unnecessary postage stamp on the envelope - [[spoiler:contains microfilm with snapshots from the future the fact that it's Albert Einstein on the stamp is a clue]].
16th May '16 7:36:17 AM Kalaong
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##a pack of cigarettes - [[spoiler:used to escape from the FBI by setting off the fire suppressants in an interrogation room, creating a smoke screen without it he would have died during interrogation]].

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##a pack of cigarettes labelled "Smokeless" - [[spoiler:used [[spoiler:actually regular cigarrettes used to escape from the FBI by setting off the fire suppressants in an interrogation room, creating a smoke screen without it he would have died during interrogation]].
28th Apr '16 10:36:18 AM Kalaong
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* CoolBike: The BMW R 1150R Rockster utilized in a chase scene. Which, of course, Jennings had bought ahead of time.
28th Apr '16 10:26:35 AM Kalaong
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* AerosolFlamethrower: Used by Michael to take out a couple hitmen.

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Shortly after Jennings reunites with Rachel, they try to use BMW key/car alarm to find an escape vehicle, but when [[spoiler:Rachel notices an [[CoolBike orange and black [=R1150R=] Rockster motorcycle]] with its lights flashing in a nearby display room, she reminds him he learned to ride a motorcycle. Once they're blasting along at 70+ and ducking between cars trying to ram them, she points out that he learned how to ride as in "drive from place to place without crashing" - not become a BadassDriver. Jennings ignores her - he's been doing just fine so far]].
* AerosolFlamethrower: Used by Michael Jennings to take out a couple hitmen.



* ChekhovsArmoury: A deliberate, in-story invocation of this trope - The envelope that Jennings substituted for his paycheck contains helpful items.
** A single bullet but no gun. It's fired anyway, of course.
** The remote-controlled grabbing device in Rachel's lab, along with her thunder, lightning, and wind effects.

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* ChekhovsArmoury: A deliberate, in-story invocation of this trope - The envelope that Jennings substituted for his paycheck contains helpful items.
** A single bullet
20 items, one for each time his life is threatened or he doesn't know how to advance the plot;
##a pack of cigarettes - [[spoiler:used to escape from the FBI by setting off the fire suppressants in an interrogation room, creating a smoke screen without it he would have died during interrogation]].
##a pair of tinted sunglasses - [[spoiler:allows Jennings to see through the smoke, enabling a quick escape]].
##a bus pass - [[spoiler:the only item common to both the film and original short story; allows Jennings to escape quickly through a bus terminal the FBI must jump the turnstiles]].
##a diamond ring - [[spoiler:allows a street kid to steal it; had it not happened, Jennings would not have returned to the bank where he received the envelope so he could ask more questions about its origins; also used in the alternate ending in which Jennings proposes to Porter.]].
##a fortune from a fortune cookie with lucky numbers printed on the back - [[spoiler:winning lottery numbers, and clues to the location of the ticket - proof of the envelope's prophetic nature]].
##a janitor's key - [[spoiler:allows friend to access circuit breakers, creating a distraction]].
##a can of hair spray - [[spoiler:used with lighter as a makeshift flamethrower]].
##a cigarette lighter - [[spoiler:used with hair spray as a makeshift flamethrower]].
##a paper clip - [[spoiler:used to short-circuit electronics to avoid being hit by subway train]].
##a matchbook - [[spoiler:specifies a restaurant where he has a reservation, disguised with water-soluble paint as "new liberty saving" bank]].
##a BMW key w/ alarm - [[spoiler:allows him to identify and utilize a means of escape: a motorcycle]].
##a loupe - [[spoiler:allows him to notice discrepancy on stamp]].
##a postage stamp on the envelope - [[spoiler:contains microfilm with snapshots from the future the fact that it's Albert Einstein on the stamp is a clue]].
##a small container of ball bearings - [[spoiler:used to set off metal detectors, creating a distraction at security]].
##a keycard to Allcom's facility - [[spoiler:allows him to re-enter his lab]].
##a hex key - [[spoiler:used to open lab door security panel]].
##an Eisenhower Dollar - [[spoiler:used to jam lab door security panel]].
##a crossword puzzle - [[spoiler:locates hardware bug on the machine, allowing him to repair it]].
##a .45 Caliber cartridge,
but no gun. It's gun - [[spoiler:used to destroy the machine fired anyway, of course.
** The
into hydrogen tank by a cycling piston]].
##a watch - [[spoiler:alerts him when to duck a bullet]].
*** Not related to the envelope is the
remote-controlled grabbing device in Rachel's lab, along with her thunder, lightning, and wind effects.



* CondensationClue: [[spoiler:Jennings wrote a note to his girlfriend on her bathroom mirror so she would know he hadn't abandoned her.]]

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* CondensationClue: [[spoiler:Jennings wrote a note to his girlfriend Rachel on her bathroom mirror so she would know he hadn't abandoned her.]]
24th Mar '16 7:12:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeroesPreferMotorcycles: Jennings assumes his key fob is for a BMW car, turns out he bought a CoolBike instead.
18th Aug '15 8:40:30 AM Silverblade2
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''Paycheck'' (2003) is a film adaptation of the Creator/PhilipKDick short story of the same name, starring Creator/BenAffleck, Creator/UmaThurman, Creator/PaulGiamatti, and Creator/AaronEckhart, and directed by Creator/JohnWoo. It was received poorly by critics, but made about $30 million more than its budget back at the box office.

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''Paycheck'' (2003) is a film adaptation of the Creator/PhilipKDick short story of the same name, starring Creator/BenAffleck, Creator/UmaThurman, Creator/PaulGiamatti, and Creator/AaronEckhart, and directed by Creator/JohnWoo. It was received poorly by critics, but made about $30 million more than its budget back at the box office.
29th Apr '15 9:54:01 AM Black_Diesel
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19th Feb '15 5:19:16 PM TheLyniezian
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* ActorAllusion: In this movie, UmaThurman plays a biologist who works in a garden/lab where she can call wind, rain and lightning. In previous films she has played [[Film/BatmanAndRobin Poison Ivy]] and [[Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen the goddess Aphrodite]].
19th Feb '15 5:18:52 PM TheLyniezian
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: set between 2004-2007, a few years after the film's 2003 release. Deliberately in contrast to Dick's original 1953 short story, which depicted a much more distant (and near-dystopian) future with many more obvious sci-fi elements.
29th Jan '15 2:15:26 AM Paraprax
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Michael Jennings has a great job. He's a reverse engineer, paid huge sums of money to figure out how rival technology works and improve on it. In exchange for his massive paycheck, he must have his memory wiped to prevent any information leaks. Life is good.

His latest project at Allcom was supposed to be his biggest yet, lasting three years and earning him enough money to finally retire - but something has gone wrong. His 8-figure payment has been replaced by a manila envelope full of random odds and ends. The FBI wants to talk to him about his apparent involvement in the death of another engineer. A lot of people are trying to kill him. Now Jennings finds himself in the strange position of having to reverse engineer his own future... before time runs out.

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Michael Jennings has a great job. He's a reverse engineer, paid huge large sums of money to figure out how rival technology works and improve on it. In exchange for his massive paycheck, paychecks, he must have his recent memory wiped after each job to prevent any information leaks. Life is good.

His latest project at Allcom was supposed to be his biggest yet, lasting three years and ''three years''(which were wiped upon completion) but earning him enough money to finally retire - retire.... but something has gone wrong. His 8-figure payment has been replaced by forfeited in favour of a manila envelope full of random odds and ends. The FBI wants to talk to him about his apparent involvement in the death of another engineer. A lot of people are trying to kill him. Now Jennings finds himself in the strange position of having to reverse engineer reverse-engineer his own future... before time runs out.



* ChekhovsArmoury: The envelope that Jennings substituted for his paycheck contains helpful items.

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* ChekhovsArmoury: A deliberate, in-story invocation of this trope - The envelope that Jennings substituted for his paycheck contains helpful items.



* TheDragon: John Wolf.

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* TheDragon: John Wolf.Wolfe.



* FiveSecondForeshadowing: The bad guy stands in front of the machine that shows the future, but only sees his own back, as he is futilely trying to get away from the exploding machine. He realizes that this means the machine will explode, and futilely tries to get away from it.

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: [[spoiler: The bad guy stands in front of the machine that shows the future, but only sees his own back, as he is futilely himself throwing down the controls and trying to get away from the exploding machine. He realizes that this means escape just as the machine will explode, explodes in his face. Horrified, he throws down the controls and futilely tries to get away from it.escape just as the machine explodes in his face.]]



* GambitRoulette: Jennings uses a MemoryGambit, prophecies and a time portal in his plan to out smart his opponents.

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* GambitRoulette: Jennings uses a MemoryGambit, prophecies and a time portal in his plan to out smart outsmart his opponents.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Literally. It happens to Jennings after every job to prevent data leaks.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Literally. It involves a submicronic laser being used on individual memory-neurons in Jennings' brain and happens to Jennings him after every job to prevent data leaks.



* MexicanStandoff: happens 3 different times in the film!

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* MexicanStandoff: happens Happens 3 different times in the film!
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