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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.
"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…
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
Parody? Pastiche? Remake? Homage? All of the above? Your guess is as good as mine.
The Payback was not as fun (or gritty) as I remembered. Also, almost every side character that Gibson comes into contact with is more entertaining, more interesting, and in most cases, is having more fun.
It's no POINT BLANK, but it is an entertaining and nasty bit of business. Quite the cast. Would like to see Helgeland's cut.
The 2nd adaptation of Richard Stark's/Donald E. Westlake's novel "The Hunter" ("Point Blank" was the 1st, "Parker" was the 3rd), Mel Gibson goes into full-on antihero mode as a vengeful criminal out to get back his $70,000 in cash while taking down the ones that left him to die. A gritty, down-and-dirty & darkly funny homage to the great crime movies of the past, the theatrical cut isn't perfect but still manages to entertain, however, for something closer to the director's vision, check out the grittier 2007 director's cut.
Theatrical Cut. I loved this movie in 1999 and I still love it. The straight up cut is also entertaining. Gibson in a dark criminal role is great.
*Original Cut Watched*
Letter Grade: C-
A list of action features that Warner Bros. released during the 80s and 90s. They had frequent collaborations with Silver…