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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…
Why I re-watched this one? This has always been one of my favorite Mel Gibson movies...and it was time to check it out again.
What is this one about? Gibson is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.
My thoughts on this one? Yes this is a very violent movie.....but I still liked how it was set up. Gibson is at his best....he will use violence if he has to....but really just wants people to help him. Movie is remake of the classic Lee Marvin movie, Point Blank. Movie is filled with some very good supporting roles.....from Gregg Henry, William Devane, James Coburn, Maria Bello and Lucy Liu. I…
I really like the nasty, dark and comic tone of this movie. It might be more flash than substance, but it works just fine. You'll never play this little piggy again without shuddering a little.
Even better than I remembered it to be. It's like a predecessor to movies like John Wick and the equaliser set in a more noir world and not going over the top as much.
Mit Mel Gibson konnte dieser Film doch gar nicht schlecht werden. Wiedermal eine hervorragende Performance von ihm. Eine etwas andere Rolle für ihn, die er aber gut ausfüllt. Ein Film mit viel Verstand und Rache. Gut inszeniert und schön anzusehen.
Some great camera elements, some not so great story elements.
The technical side of 'Payback' is fantastic. It has an attractive 'old school' wash throughout the narrative and goes hand in hand with the directing to create an extremely interesting and attractive aesthetic, making the film just that little bit more exciting and thrilling. Another great addition to the film is the narration by Porter. It attempts to involve you on a more personal level to the film, however this is as far as the rapport goes with the characters. My main issue with the film is the difficulty to really connect with any of the characters; I found that there was not one character I truly cared about throughout…
Decent. Watched the Directors Cut. It's been a while since I've seen the theatrical cut but couldn't really tell the difference. That's embarrassing! Surprisingly brutal. A studio wouldn't make it today?
Payback is some good hard-boiled shit, and a damn fine contribution to the annals of neo-noir. There's a nasty mood and a vintage style that really gel.
Mel Gibson is very good at selling two things: danger and pain. He has been the quintessential "hero-on-the-edge" from the moment he stepped out of that car in Mad Max. Gibson's heroes/antiheroes are always a step away from completely breaking down, whether it be collapsing in tears or bludgeoning someone with a hatchet. That volatility is downright entertaining. But he also sells physical pain well. Anytime he is hit by a car, shot, or mutilated with a hammer, he makes you feel it.
The director's cut is significantly different and totally worth watching, but this is superior.
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.
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