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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…
"if you don't understand it, get rid of it."
Watch the director's cut. One of the few times it's necessary.
"There's an old saying: do not shit where you eat. Where you live. Do not shit where you live, I like that better."
A great revenge movie. Gibson at his menacing best
It's a bitch, or so I've heard.
The crazy good supporting cast really keeps this thing going for me. It reminds me of a gritty Hudson Hawk. Now hear me out. It's almost as playful, it just isn't as go for broke insane with the storyline. Unfortunately for this, that's because its storyline is based on a book that has had a better film adaptation. I was a strong Gibson fan before the Melocalypse, so I'll allow his tugging at Marvin's shoestrings. Point Blank was just plain cooler. Didn't feel forced either.
Still an entertaining flick. Devane is particularly awesome, and anytime you garner attention in a movie that features James Coburn, you've done something right.
About a year ago I binge read all of Richard Stark's Parker novels having no idea that he has been adapted to film several times. The books are enjoyably tough, mean and focused, just like the titular character. What I appreciated most was Parker's sense of professionalism and his code which allowed him to think clearly and not get sentimental about business.
In PAYBACK, we get Heldegard and Gibson's take of the man, now named Porter. Based on the first book in the series, as was Boorman's POINT BLANK, the film charts his quest to get $70,000 back from the man who betrayed him and left him for dead. It is a mildly entertaining attempt at a hard-boiled story. Where…
Great noir crime story. I enjoyed the script and subdued color palette. Memorable characters and entertaining.
I can watch Mel Gibson in anything and never get tired of it
Absolutely fantastic to watch an utterly ruthless main character and this is the toned down theatrical version. These sort of MCs are my favorite.
It's hard to ride that line between action and comedy. Violent, gory in one scene, hilarious in the next. Payback does a good job of riding that line. Even in tense faceoff situations, well-woven bits of humor pepper the screen. And somehow the movie does it without distracting from the over all scope.
Payback is a grimy little movie. It feels like a noir-ish action movie. A part of that is definitely the humor--good noir is often infused with that ability to see the amusing elements of the darker side of humanity. And a part of it is the anti-hero vibe that Porter (Mel Gibson) puts off.
Either way, Payback works.
It's got that painfully 90s love of all things…
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…