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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.
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.
"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…
Corking thriller with Gibson on top form.
3 out of 5 for theatrical cut... which means it's not BAD
Would like to check out the director's cut
Der ganze Look, die Story, die Atmosphäre und auch die zum Teil doch recht brutale Vorgehensweise in der das ganze dargeboten wird lassen diesen Film zu etwas besonderem werden. Ein trockener Humor begleitet einen Rachefeldzug eines Kleinganoven durch den Film und es macht einfach jede Minute Spaß mit der Hauptfigur dem roten Faden des Films nachzulaufen. Die Figuren sind durchweg skurril und teilweise so stark überzeichnet, dass man beinahe denken könnte, ein Comic diente dem ganzen als Vorlage.
Allerdings muss man diese Art des Gangsterfilms mögen, denn es ist nicht wirklich ein Mainstream-Film auch wenn er vermutlich als Kinoblockbuster vermarktet wurde, ist es doch eher nicht das was als Massenware zu bezeichnen ist. Ich jedenfalls habe mich köstlich amüsiert und…
Love me a noir cartoon.
Surprised at how different the director's cut really is, I went back to the theatrical cut under the impression that it wasn't as good.
Yeah, it could do with some fat being trimmed, but it's a completely different film. And just as good.
It's still Mel Gibson being a tough guy, but it's got slightly softer edges and a more 'uplifting' ending.
But it's a great revenge thriller and it's probably Mel Gibson's best role aside from Mad Max.
The dialogue is sharp, the slick tint that's gone in the director's cut is very cool and the narration, despite being very heavy handed and sometimes pointless, fits well.
Yeah, basically Payback is two great movies for the price of one.
I think the director's cut edges in front very slightly, because it's what he wanted, but for a 'studio friendly' version, this is still very, very good.
I absolutely adore this movie. I love revenge movies and this is by far my favorite non-asian revenge movie. It's just so much god damn fun. The bad guys are brilliant and Mel Gibson is terrifying. The best kind of revenge movie is the one where the villian fucks with someone they shouldn't, and this is the best one of those that I've seen by far.
Einer meiner absoluten lieblingsfilme mit mel gibson! Cooler als porter geht einfach nicht! Bevorzuge persoehnlich allerdings die kinofassung und nicht den director's cut!
Mel's last good movie
DO YOU REALLY WANNA JUMP
(Film quality, not performance.)
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