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Paycheck
(2003)
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Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 13th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you wish to hear one of the most surprisingly sophisticated action scores ever to accompany a John Woo film.

Avoid it... if you require a taste of more transparent and dominating thematic development to accompany your stylish action romps.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #470
WRITTEN 1/23/04, REVISED 4/8/09
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Paycheck: (John Powell) The concept and execution of Paycheck is consistent with both the stories of author Philip K. Dick and the directing of John Woo. Seeming like a natural fit, Dick has penned popular sci-fi stories (many of them in the short format) that have been adapted into Minority Report and the cult classic Bladerunner. From the modern action genre of Hong Kong, Woo has kept the pulse pounding with films such as Mission: Impossible 2 and Face/Off. The concept of Paycheck is closer to the thrilling futuristic aspects of Minority Report than anything else, with Ben Affleck playing a brilliant scientist who does secretive work for large corporations with the understanding that upon being paid, his memory of the project would be erased. On his last five-year project, however, his corporate employers erase his memory and then claim that he has forfeited his massive payoff, and he has only 20 clues from his recent past (and some help from Uma Thurman) to spur his own investigation while, of course, the corporation attempts to kill him. Woo returned to the former Hans Zimmer collection of Media Ventures-related composers (by now spread on their own and mixed up with legal battles) and hired the capable John Powell to create a propulsive, futuristic score for Paycheck. Powell had spent the majority of the previous year engaged in the genre of romantic comedies, including the laughable Affleck/Jennifer Lopez bomb Gigli. Woo's Paycheck was released on Christmas day, 2003 to a slightly better than tepid response, though the nail was ironically driven into the film's coffin at roughly the same time as the announced break-up of America's favorite, squeezable couple, Lopez and Affleck. Powell's score was a welcomed change from the adequate, but not particularly inspiring romance genre he sustained in 2003; Paycheck reintroduces some strong action material into an action style that was far more accessible than his work for The Italian Job and The Bourne Identity during roughly the same period. As to be expected, Paycheck is a "race against time" kind of score, rarely slowing down after the first cue to allow the listener to catch his or her breath.



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Average: 3.39 Stars
***** 134 5 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 7, 2007, at 7:05 a.m.
1 comment  (1743 views)
Amazing
Andy - July 16, 2006, at 2:51 p.m.
1 comment  (2078 views)
Alternative review of Paycheck at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - August 31, 2004, at 6:19 a.m.
1 comment  (2712 views)
Magnificent work
Mag - February 4, 2004, at 7:15 p.m.
1 comment  (2717 views)
Promising sounds
Phil - January 27, 2004, at 11:41 p.m.
1 comment  (1804 views)
No Dominant Theme?   Expand >>
HadrianD - January 25, 2004, at 6:03 p.m.
2 comments  (3321 views)
Newest: February 3, 2004, at 5:45 p.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:08
• 1. Main Title (3:10)
• 2. 20 Items (2:53)
• 3. Wolfe Pack (2:54)
• 4. Crystal Balls (2:09)
• 5. Mirror Message (3:37)
• 6. Imposter (3:53)
• 7. Hog Chase Part 1 (3:13)
• 8. Hog Chase Part 2 (4:04)
• 9. I Don't Remember (1:28)
• 10. Tomorrow's Headlines (4:02)
• 11. Future Tense (7:14)
• 12. Fait Accompli (6:09)
• 13. The Finger (0:33)
• 14. Rachel's Party (2:47)

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