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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.
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…
"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.
I was going to start with the question 'Was this Mel Gibson's last truly great role?' but then I realised I love Mel Gibson in all his films (I'm even a big advocate of Signs) and that the praise for this absolutely brilliant film should go to Brian Helgeland instead - which is only compounded by this Director's Cut version.
The tone nails the fine balance between dark, gritty toughness and playfulness. The script is sparse but wonderfully succinct and in turn the film itself is just as short and sharp - in a good way.
The Straight Up version makes a large amount of notable changes, excising characters, removing scenes and mixing up the order to make a considerably different movie - a better movie.
But was it Gibson's last great role? Possibly...
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.
See the Director's Cut, it's a better overall movie with an improved ending.
This is just awesome... I like Brian Helgeland a'lot. "A Knight's Tale" is one of my all time favourites, so i don't understand that director's cut of his... All in all, i prefer this "theatrical" version. I bet Gibson take this project and was actually a "shadow director" of it. But, to get back on the film... From it's beginning it's just awesome. Gibson's character Porter is just badass with an attitude and it works damn fine. Maria Bello is classy as high call prostittute aka. femme fatale of the movie. Lucy Liu is a gem as an S&M Domina... Big fat recommendation on this one !!!
Just that I enjoyed its action-paced sequences, but not at all equivalent to Point Blank Starring Lee Marvin.
Gibson plays Porter, an angry man out for revenge in this gritty, dark and surprisingly entertaining genre film.
Gibson plays bitter well and there is enough substance here, along with quips and twists, to provide a thoroughly enjoyable thriller.
Really dumb, pulpy shit that I kinda love. It's an hour and a half of Mel Gibson finding out who he has to kill next to get his $70k back. Mel Gibson kicks a guy in the head to the tune of "Ain't Love a Kick in the Head." Mel Gibson gets his toes hammered and then Maria Bello asks him what happened and then he says he "got hammered." There's lots of hookers. Lucy Liu stomps on a dude's nuts. This has been my review of Payback.
(Review of Payback: The Director's Cut)
Payback is a film of revenge. Mel Gibson's character has been robbed of $70,000 and he wants it back at any cost. The film is gritty and grainy. Normally I'm not a fan of grain in my movies but for this film it really works well to establish a tone right from the first frame. Gibson does a decent job portraying the emotions of this strong willed character, and there is no doubt that the man has great screen presence, but he isn't given much to work with. There are a few moments where he is given free range to actually act, but a majority of the film he seems like just a killing…
Say what you will about Mel Gibson, but this is one entertaining movie. The reason it's great? So many awesome characters. I often reference Porter as a great example of how to make an interesting protagonist out of an unlikable character (generally I'm referencing this as a counterpoint to a Julia Roberts character). But, like with Robocop, the big draw is the bad guys. So many great performances that John Glover is relegated to a really minor role even though he's totally awesome. Devane, Coburn, and Kris Kristofferson steal the show when they're on screen. And nobody plays weasely like David Paymer. He's got the market cornered. Gregg Henry is decent (I would have preferred he switch places with Glover,…
Pay back is cold.
This movie grew on me as it kept going. Mel Gibson's "who cares" attitude is perfect. And Payback never pulls any punches. I mean literally. Nobody is safe from brutal beatings, Maria Bellow, Lucy Liu, and of course Mel take a bunch of hits. Mel plays Porter, a bad guy who has some bad things happen to him. He gets shot, his money is stolen, 70k to be exact, and he wants his revenge. He does not care who he has to go through and how he has to get it. All that matters is that he gets it back. Payback has a hard nosed tone to it with humor sprinkled in and some dark shots of the streets of…
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