Synopsis: Michael Jennings is a reverse engineer and what he does is technical jobs for certain companies and as soon as he is done, his memory of the work he has done is wiped out. Now the longest he has been contracted is 2 months. But now billionaire, James Rethrick offers him a job that would last 2 years, maybe 3, and he promises that he will probably earn 8 figures. Michael agrees. Before beginning he turns in all of his personal effects. And when the job is done, his memory is erased and he learns he made over 90 million dollars over the three years. When he goes to claim it and his personal effects, he discovers that prior to the erasure of his memory he waived his rights to the money he earned and that the items that were given to him were not the ones he gave when he began. Later he is arrested by the FBI who say that he committed some act of treason and murder. It's while he is in custody that he escapes using some the items that he was given. He later meets with a friend who gives hi
Director(s): John Woo
Production: Paramount Pictures
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

It's time to wake up...

...and get a life.

We live in a three-dimensional world.

Until now, the world of computing's

been flat,

consisting of two-dimensional


Now, through the use of exclusive

breakthrough technology,

ARC has made it possible

for you to get a life.

A Life, where we can work and play

in a lifelike world

of three-dimensional reality.

A Life, the living monitor.


Yeah, I am.

Would you put one of those

in a box for me?

- Are you the lawyer?

- I'm Rita Dunne.

Obviously, no one from Nexim

could be here today.

- I'd invite you in, but...

- Good luck, Mr. Jennings.

- I'll see you in two months.

- Yeah.

Home sweet home.

What do you think?

This is the exact same technology?

Not the exact same technology, no.

Ultimately, I decided

to reconceive some of it.

I never liked the way

the monitor looked.

And then it occurred to me...

...who needs it?


I am the future of computing.

And I would like to present you

with Nexim's new Freedom Line

of display technology.

New from Nexim.

Freedom is in your future.

Launch this now.

ARC is not gonna last.

Who said 100 percent

market share's impossible?

Get me Marketing immediately.

This far exceeds our expectations.



...thank you.

You understand, Mr. Jennings,

you've done in two months

what we've been trying

to do for three years.

Sometimes it's easier

if you work backwards.


You won't remember me, will you?


That's too bad.

Marker reached.


We're now extracting his memory

from the marker forward

to the present.

Jesus, Rita.

Jesus Christ!

This is dangerous enough.

If this man's brain temp goes

one C above 43, he's a veg.

Come on, Mike.

Here we go.

It's all clean.

Good morning, sunshine.

Hey, how you doing, big guy?

- OK?

- Yeah.

All right. Thank you. Take it easy.

Slow, slow, slow.

There's no hurry, OK?

- That's it. Good?

- Yeah.

Good man. Hey, Mike, look at me.

Look at me. Right here.

What's the last date you remember?

- October 19.

- Very good.

Mike, what's the last thing

you remember?

The Red Sox made the playoffs.

OK. Let's get the legal

out of the way, shall we?

Mr. Michael Jennings, under the terms

of your non-disclosure agreement,

you are considered never

to have been an employee.

You also understand that all your work

is the intellectual property of Nexim...

Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

I never worked here. I never saw

anybody. I never was here. I got it.

Is my paycheck ready?


- How you feeling, tiger?

- Good.

- Now let's hear you.

- All right.

- Ready?

- Yeah.


In order to zero the full eight weeks

I had to heat your brain to 42.5 C.

- I'm fine.

- I'm saying it's getting harder, Mike.

- I said, I'm fine.

- You're slowing down. Come on.

I'd be faster if you'd shut up.

Show me what you've got,


That's it. That's more like it!

Yes! Go, go, go!

Go! Go!

Yes! Faster!


Yes! One more! One more, Mikey!

See how you did that?

How you focused?

- Yeah. I focused on your face.

- You know you love me.

Come on. Don't be mean to the

one who does everything for you.

Do you realize you've never once

asked me what I see

when I erase your memory?

Basically, the last two months

just never happened for you.

What's to know?

20 hours a day in a clean room

ripping off a guy's idea for a computer,

selling it to somebody else.

What'd you do the last two months?

The last thing I remember is

driving in Spain in the Aston Martin,

learning to dive in Belize

with what's-her-name.

The seven-stadiums-in-seven-days

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