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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.
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 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…
Unpleasant gangster crap shot through an Instagram filter
The pinnacle of 20th century noir is also Gibson's best film. This remake of Point Blank/re-adaptation of The Hunter is a grand slam. Acclaimed writer Helgeland takes a shot at directing and nails it. Grim, funny, and brilliant.
"There are no wasted opportunities. Every bit player is made vivid, and all the featured players have something interesting to do. When Porter goes after his money, he has to deal with a whole syndicate of evil characters, and each one is played by an actor who, on his own, has played the lead villain in other movies"
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
Under-baked with glimpses at what could be more
It was a neat idea to have the present in bleached out colors and the flashbacks in brighter colors. There's a great cut between a shot of Mel bleeding out on the ground in a flashback and him lying comfortably on the bed in the present. Nice, bleak ending, too.
This is the straight up edition. The theatrical version sounds lame.
A professional criminal Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die and when he survives he plots revenge.
This revenge drama on Don Siegel terrain is well played and directed with lots of dark humor, but there's absolutely nobody to root for (despite the tagline).
A vivacious composite of mindless action vehicle and grizzled neo-noir, making use of the voiceovers, the lighting schemes, the hard-boiled, nefarious and fragile archetypes on both (but, always and invariably, the wrong) side of the law that so keenly inspire intrigue in the genre. John Woo meets John Boorman, eliminating the worst qualities of both and making a rakishly entertaining thriller.
Stylish neo- noir revenge flick directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson as the bad guy you "root for". Shot with a gritty, street- thug feel and set on the gang- owned streets of NYC, this violent thriller packs a mean punch.
Betrayed by his best friend and wife, Porter (Gibson) heads out to settle his debts amidst a flurry of gunfire, and pursued by enemies on every side of the law. 'Payback' is a thoroughly enjoyable, violent action film which retains a hard edge even to this day.
Gibson is superb in his trademark violent mad-man role, and the fact that the plot gives him a reason to be mad only helps. Helgeland keeps the film fresh and…
I didn't remember this as the bore it actually is. Mel Gibson is great as always but the story has nothing going for it. Lucy "Alexis" Liu makes a great impact, though.
I get the desire to make a playful and irreverent take on a typical revenge film and I totally see the appeal, unfortunately it's just not for me. For what it is I think it's alright, lot of good one-liners and they really had fun getting Porter into and out of these situations with some luck, ingenuity and a smile. I also thought Mel Gibson was pretty good in the role. He's great at being the wounded, curmudgeonly kick your ass type character and did a great job at it. But that kind of character and story line isn't for me. I thought everything with the cops and cab people was just annoying (which is probably the point). I thought…
My top 10%.
This is my favorite 10% of all the films I've seen. It only took 6 months of…
Every film listed in the Film Noir Encyclopedia 4th Edition: Neo-Noir by Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward, James Ursini and Robert…