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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…
I don't know what the current stance is on Payback, but it's pretty fucking awesome and one of the more underrated 90s action-thrillers. Mel Gibson is perfect, it's got a cool cast of character actors, a funky 70s-style score, and just the right amount sardonic edge. Plus, "expensive horizontal refreshment" might be the greatest euphemism I've ever heard.
"So go boil an egg"
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 out of it. Looking forward to the director's cut at some stage.
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…
Pretty good movie which doesn't quite feels right when you see the director's cut.
Watched the Director's Cut
In comparison to the Theatrical cut it's a little rougher, the third act is completely different, I like this version much better.
I can't say if this would hold up today if it was a movie you paid to see, or even as one that you set aside time to specifically watch. As a late night movie in a motel room however it does everything you would want.
I love noir AND i cut slack for Mel Gibson AND i carry torches for both Maria Bello and Deborah Unger (since THE GAME and A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE; two hills for which i'll fight) AND all the character performances are big and loud and lovely AND it's a Chicago flick AND the way it's shot it'd feel like a Chicago flick if they'd shot it elsewhere.
So, yeah, of course i like this movie. If i need to defend it i'll point to the opening, the first bit between media res and media re-resume, which is just good visual storytelling.
I'm curious to see the director's cut. I like the idea of swapping out Kristofferson (no shade on Kris but, like, we just had James Coburn doing the same schtick but funnier) but i'm a sucker for voiceovers and it's an anti-hero voiceover to boot.
I knew within 2 minutes that this wasn't for me. The music was enough to make me wanna RAGE quit every 5 minutes. Acquired taste strictly required.
Probably a bad idea to watch this right after Point Blank. Both movies were adaptations of Richard Stark's The Hunter, but while Point Blank aimed for 40s noir, Payback aims for 60s action comedy. The ruthless violence of the story and protagonist are utterly at odds with the humour touches of the latter movie. Presumably this is the influence of Pulp Fiction, which only came out a couple of years prior. The lesson Payback did not take from PF, is that Tarantino makes you laugh at things that aren't inherently funny. He doesn't just insert funny situations into a grim, violent environment willy nilly. Payback also unwisely adds an unnecessary love plot.
There are good things…
Okay, I come home late, have to do laundry and guess which of my favorites is on? This is a perfect laundry movie because I have seen it so many times I can be interrupted at any point without feeling like I have missed anything.
I felt less guilty watching Gibson this time, perhaps because I have seen Road Warrior a few times recently and have gotten over it.
A simple tale of antihero revenge... I found myself quoting this the other day. I believe this is the only movie where I drank beer in the theater while watching (some of the seedier Korean theaters used to offer up beer as a matter of course). It was also the last movie I saw with a former girlfriend. I would like to see the John Boorman version again and I would be very curious to read the novel on which they are both based.
Irgendwie liebe ich den Film und endlich kam ich dank der Blu-Ray in den Genuss des Directors Cuts, der dann wirklich ein sehr anderer Film ist.
Um mal sehen zu können, wie 2 Filme aus dem selben Material entstehen können sehr interessant...die Kinofassung finde ich trotzdem besser
Neo noir vengeance flick. Not great but not bad. Best line:
Lucy Liu (suggestively): "I've got a few minutes..."
Mel Gibson: "Boil an egg."
Some crackers in there.
My top 10%.
This is my favorite 10% of all the films I've seen. It only took 6 months of…
Every film listed in the Film Noir Encyclopedia 4th Edition: Neo-Noir by Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward, James Ursini and Robert…