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No More Mr. Nice Guy.
With friends like these, who needs enemies? That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead -- or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, Porter's partners and the crooked cops on his tail learn how bad payback can be.
An action-laden throwback to both film noir and the 1970s, Brian Helgeland's "Payback" offers a bone-rattling, guns-blazing good time. A revenge thriller with a tongue-in-cheek touch of humor and a teeth-jarring punch, the film rides its rock solid cast and pervasive sense of cool to explosively entertaining heights.
The story revolves around Mel Gibson's Porter, an anti-hero with a score worth $70,000 to settle. The plot finds Porter chasing down his city's criminal elements to reclaim the aforementioned figure. Fist fights, gun battles, and muscle cars used as weapons punctuate the story that combines pith, violence, and personality.
Helgeland unapologetically creates a cinematic canvas consisting equal parts of crime pictures from the past. Blues and blacks ooze a sort of…
As many of my LB chums have already attested Lee Marvin was a serious bad-ass (I'm looking at you Mr Todd Gaines). Despite his iconic roles in The Dirty Dozen and Cat Ballou, some consider his turn in John Boorman's Point Blank as his quintessential performance of brilliance. This loose remake with a definite DNA strand of Boorman's film does have its moments as Mel Gibson goes on a revenge rampage after being double-crossed. Unfortunately for the hot-headed Gibson even though he's pretty good, you can't help but compare him to Marvin at his very best.
It's all about revenge here. Gibson's Porter is a professional thief who gets double-crossed and left for dead by his partner and his own…
In the search for 80s/90s action films I hadn't seen yet I stumbled upon this bad boy. Mel Gibson plays a merciless thug intent on destroying an entire crime syndicate and getting his money back, just on the sheer principle of being betrayed in the first place rather than for any monetary reward. While I admit it's a bit over the top in places and the overall tone wavers back and forth between being overly serious and completely ridiculous, there's no denying I enjoyed the hell of it. Looking forward to the director's cut at some stage.
"So go boil an egg"
I really do love this film. Far more than others do, I guess.
It's weird, though. I mean, how often do a Director's cut turn out to be far inferior to the Theatrical version? Because that's what happened here. Brian Helgeland so disagrees with me on this, of course he does, after all he felt the need to actually make the DC.
The theatrical version has everything that went away in the DC. A good score. The mood. The pace. The flow of the plot. More good actors. Supposedly, the studio made Helgeland keep the dog alive, he couldn't do anything to avoid this being a fresh new director and all. So the only new thing he brought to the…
He just wants his money back and so will you after watching this. I actually remember liking this film more than it deserves but Mel Gibson is at least ideal as the tough crook on a revenge mission. The film has a gritty style to it but at times feels like is try to instil a darkly comic edge which feels off to me. It's dark, brutal and a little bit generic. Even Lethal Weapon 4 is preferable to this! Still I have to admit I like Gibson in the role, he still has charm even when his character is far from likable. The supporting cast is less favourable though, although it is good to see James Coburn in a…
Gibson's smirk seals the deal on this crime caper with a laughing heart.
Watched in preparation for the Separate But Sequel podcast recording of the "Get The Gringo" episode. For more info visit separatebutsequel.tumblr.com/
Action and suspense.
I know he is a racist bastard, but Mel Gibson has a lot of charisma in this movie. I sometimes feel like this could have been a prequel to GET THE GRINGO. I wish Mel would get to play more con man role like this one.
The director's cut is better but i prefer the theatrical cut.
This is a stylish little noir film. The characters stand out, the dialogue crackles, the music blares... but everything else isn't quite up to the high-caliber of its cast or screenwriting credentials. It's really no surprise then that PAYBACK is the directorial debut of famed screenwriter Brian Helgeland, who has since gone on to direct some fine, more precise films. It's just a shame such an entertaining premise isn't allowed to move at the pace it should.
Começa bem, é fácil ficar empolgado com o personagem do Mel Gibson, ficar curioso sobre o seu passado e também com o que ele fará para conseguir a vingança. Lá pelas tantas porém, o coisa muda de tom completamente, vira uma galhofada que conduz o filme ladeira abaixo.
"if you don't understand it, get rid of it."
Watch the director's cut. One of the few times it's necessary.
My top 10%.
This is my favorite 10% of all the films I've seen. It only took 6 months of…
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