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31st Aug '17 10:03:13 AM Morgenthaler
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''Paycheck'' (2003) is a reasonably faithful 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.

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''Paycheck'' (2003) is a reasonably faithful film adaptation of the Creator/PhilipKDick short story of the same name, starring Creator/BenAffleck, Creator/UmaThurman, Creator/PaulGiamatti, Creator/ColmFeore, and Creator/AaronEckhart, and directed by Creator/JohnWoo.
20th Aug '17 4:11:00 PM benda
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original short story, the only real threat for Jennings comes from the security police, not from Rethrick (who after the end of Jennings' contract actually offers him to work for the company again at any time). In the adaptation it's almost inverted - to the extent that Rethrick seems to be motivated primarily by ForTheEvulz.



* ForTheEvulz: Is there any other reason for Rethrick to kill the former employees who weren't able to remember anything substantial anyway? [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Who knows whether Jennings would have turned on Allcom at all if it hadn't been for Rethrick's willingness to murder him...]] Notably averted in the original short story where the only real threat for Jennings comes from the security police, not from Rethrick (who after the end of Jennings' contract actually offers him to work for the company again at any time).

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* ForTheEvulz: Is there any other reason for Rethrick to kill the former employees who weren't able to remember anything substantial anyway? [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Who knows whether Jennings would have turned on Allcom at all if it hadn't been for Rethrick's willingness to murder him...]] Notably averted in the original short story where the only real threat for Jennings comes from the security police, not from Rethrick (who after the end of Jennings' contract actually offers him to work for the company again at any time).(see AdaptationalVillainy).
6th Aug '17 12:49:06 PM benda
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->''How much is a key to a bus locker worth? One day it's worth 25 cents, the next day thousands of dollars. In this story I got to thinking that there are times in our lives when having a dime to make a phone call spells the difference between life and death. Keys, small change, maybe a theater ticket -- how about a parking receipt for a Jaguar? All I had to do was link this idea up with time travel to see how the small and useless, under the wise eyes of a time traveler, might signify a great deal more. He would know when that dime might save your life. And, back in the past again, he might prefer that dime to any amount of money, no matter how large.''
-->-- '''Creator/PhilipKDick''' on the original short story
6th Aug '17 12:40:43 PM benda
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* ForTheEvulz: Is there any other reason for Rethrick to kill the former employees who weren't able to remember anything substantial anyway? [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Who knows whether Jennings would have turned on Allcom at all if it hadn't been for Rethrick's willingness to murder him...]] Notably averted in the original short story where the only real threat for Jennings comes from the security police, not from Rethrick (who after the end of Jennings' contract actually offers him to work for the company again at any time).



* JustForEvulz: Is there any other reason for Rethrick to kill the former employees who weren't able to remember anything substantial anyway? [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Who knows whether Jennings would have turned on Allcom at all if it hadn't been for Rethrick's willingness to murder him...]]


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* NoNameGiven: In the original short story, we're never told Jennings' first name.
6th Aug '17 12:35:22 PM benda
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%%* LargeHam: Renthrick.

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* JustForEvulz: Is there any other reason for Rethrick to kill the former employees who weren't able to remember anything substantial anyway? [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Who knows whether Jennings would have turned on Allcom at all if it hadn't been for Rethrick's willingness to murder him...]]
%%* LargeHam: Renthrick.Rethrick.
6th Aug '17 11:49:34 AM benda
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* IntangibleTimeTravel: The time scope.

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* IntangibleTimeTravel: The time scope. In the original short story, played straight with the time mirror and downplayed with the time scoop (no time travel for humans, but an object from the future could be mechanically retrieved).
6th Aug '17 11:46:47 AM benda
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** Just FYI, the short story also featured:

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** Just FYI, the short story also featured:featured (in addition to a bus pass and a code key):
6th Aug '17 11:45:13 AM benda
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###a parcel receipt - [[spoiler:an item from the future, retrieved by the time scoop. Allows Jennings to get access to the storage vault in the bank where the blackmail materials are deposited by Kelly McVane, Jennings' accomplice who turns out to be Rethrick's daughter and promptly betrays Jennings. Also an initial clue to the nature of his work at Rethrick's, as the date on a receipt shows that it is issued a few days ''after'' Jennings regains memory.]]

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###a parcel receipt - [[spoiler:an item from the future, retrieved by the time scoop. Allows Jennings to get access to the storage vault in the bank where the blackmail materials are deposited by Kelly McVane, {{McVane}}, Jennings' accomplice who turns out to be Rethrick's daughter and promptly betrays Jennings. Also an initial clue to the nature of his work at Rethrick's, as the date on a receipt shows that it is issued a few days ''after'' Jennings regains memory.]]
6th Aug '17 11:44:26 AM benda
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##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]].

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##a bus pass - [[spoiler:the only an item common to both the film and original short story; [[spoiler: allows Jennings to escape quickly through a bus terminal the FBI must jump the turnstiles]].



##a keycard to Allcom's facility - [[spoiler:allows him to re-enter his lab]].

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##a keycard to Allcom's facility - shared with the original short story; [[spoiler:allows him to re-enter his lab]].lab in the film and escape from the plant in the short story]].


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**Just FYI, the short story also featured:
###a length of fine wire - [[spoiler:used to break the lock in the security police cruiser]]
###a ticket stub - [[spoiler:from his journey to the plant - allowed Jennings to learn the whereabouts of the facility]].
###a green strip of cloth - [[spoiler:typically worn as a sign of a temporary worker at the Rethrick's plant; allows Jennings to mingle with the workers]].
###half a poker chip - [[spoiler:used as a proof that Jennings is a casino customer, which allows him to stay in the casino at night and thus evade the security police during the curfew]].
###a parcel receipt - [[spoiler:an item from the future, retrieved by the time scoop. Allows Jennings to get access to the storage vault in the bank where the blackmail materials are deposited by Kelly McVane, Jennings' accomplice who turns out to be Rethrick's daughter and promptly betrays Jennings. Also an initial clue to the nature of his work at Rethrick's, as the date on a receipt shows that it is issued a few days ''after'' Jennings regains memory.]]
19th Jul '17 3:55:59 PM eroock
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* DodgeTheBullet: Jennings ducks in time to avoid the FBI Agent's bullet that then kills [[spoiler:Rethrick]].



%%* WealthyEverAfter

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%%* WealthyEverAfter* WealthyEverAfter: At the end Jennings recalls a fortune cookie note from the envelope and discovers that he has foreseen the results of a $90 million lottery. Bingo!
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