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.
"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…
Mel Gibson takes no nonsense from anybody, and anybody that does give him nonsense gets their head slammed into the dividing glass of a taxi cab, or their knee shot, or their body blown up.
It's kind of irritating how much of a dick Mel Gibson is in real life, and how he's able to translate that grating personality into a charismatic anti-hero in Payback. I highly underestimated how entertaining this movie would be.
Payback is a revenge tale of a longtime crimnal who's just been released from prison. He's on the warpath, trying to get back money that was stolen from him. He's also dealing with the self- destruction of his wife, the disintegration of his marriage, reuniting with the girl he's in love with, and losing the rest of his life as he once knew it.
Most of his interactions with other people in the film involves killing, maiming, insulting, or hurting them.
If stuff like that interests you, check it out.
The last really badass movie that Mel GIbson made requires nothing from the viewer. It just charges right in, wasting no time, and takes you on a wonderful little revenge ride. Maybe revenge isn't the right word for what Porter wants. Either way, this one kicks you into gear and doesn't let up.
A damn fine outing.
"We made a deal: if she'd stop hooking, I'd stop shooting people. Maybe we were aiming high."
Mel Gibson is one of the most badass mothers ever to walk the face of this earth. In Payback, he does exactly what you expect him to do: hurt people. With a vengeance. After he kicks the guy who double crossed him in the face, a dominatrix hooker offers him sex, by saying "I've got a few minutes." Porter's reply?
"So go boil an egg."
Underrated '90's revenge flick that proves to worthy of its reputation of badassery.
Stylish nineties noir.
Recently renewed interest after seeing Point Blank and discovering Payback is the remake and superior version. A favorite of mine from first viewing, I was afraid to return to it, thinking I had worn it out over the past ~15 years. Not so. The story is such classic film noir, with modern society/culture having stagnated since, that it hasn't aged a bit, coupled with the panache of all performances--something rare for modern films--especially Lucy Lui, her best, sexy bitch. The only negatives are 1) that I know it by heart, 2) the constant blue/gray color grading (a cheap Soderbergh trick) does wear thin, though matching the mood of the story.
What can I say. This movie is the one to watch when you are angry with someone. Through Mel Gibson, you can experience your anger and frustration and get that vicarious revenge. Gibson's character just wanted what was due; nothing more or less. He methodically went up the line to get it. He was clever and ruthless. In the end...well, I won't tell you that. I have to say that I got the best of all those who wronged me through Porter. With the possible exception of Braveheart, this is Gibson's best. He makes Richard Stark's book come to life on the big screen in a way that it is a pleasure to watch again and again. And, hey, it has Maria Bello, and that gives it an additional star. Besides, it's cheap therapy.
That's what I would call an "One Man Show".
In a surprising easy way. After all pretty succesful and appealing.
Because of a sudden very excessive coolness of the antihero 'Porter'
and a definitetly uncompromising attitude to keeping his style by the moviemakers.
Just a simple experience of "actually not hoping to see a good movie", but being suddenly pretty satisfied by it.
It is not even reasonable that I give this movie that much Stars but what it lacks of plot complexity or character development it just makes up with pure uncompromisingness. It is basicly a joy to watch without much or any thinking.
Well if it isn't another film that I like and many others don't. This was one of Mel Gibson's best and he plays the dark character very well. I loved the atmosphere in this movie with the way the film was shot. There are some great one liners in this one and that always elevates the fun factor for me. Normally voice overs feel a little forced, but I think it added to the movie.
"No, no, it's all right, he's just killing my alligator bags and shooting holes in my suits. Man, that's just MEAN. That's MEAN, man."
From a cinephile perspective, liking the producer's cut of Payback over Helgeland's Straight Up version is a punishable sin. Well, revoke my membership, because, forget like, I love this movie!
Ever since I saw Payback in theaters during its 1999 release, I have considered it as one of my favorite films of all time, the best revenge film I've ever seen, and, easily, the best Mel Gibson performance to date. The humor is dark. The violence follows a crisp set-up/punch-line structure. The soundtrack balances the tone. The homages to classic seventies crime films are smart. And each performance charms with casual nuance.
A "happier" ending may be seen as a weakness to some, but the bait-and-switch payoff of Porter's explosive payback has always been one of my favorite beats in cinema history.
For me, those who prefer the Straight Up cut may have been aiming too high.
Bog standard, dime-a-dozen 90's action film. A few darkly comic moments aside, it's instantly forgettable.
I've first seen Payback way back when kit was first released, and I thought it was a pretty decent film. Looking back at it over ten years on, I still feel the same way. This is still an entertaining film and despite it not being perfect, it still a mindless revenge romp that delivers thrills. Mel Gibson is good here, but compared to his other roles, this one lack a bit. Still for the most part, Payback manages to be thrilling despite its imperfections. For me this was a decent film, and it good elements to make it watchable. Payback is good to watch if you have nothing else better to watch. The film has good action, a pretty good…