Payback (1999)HD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Mel Gibson gives an unforgettable performance in this explosive film from director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), which features a superb supporting cast including William Devane, Maria Bello and Lucy Liu. The Director's Cut allows you to see Payback like you've never seen before: through the eyes of its director. Experience a different version of Porter's (Gibson) drive to avenge those who took his money and leave him for dead. Witness the real Payback.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 74
- Fresh: 40
- Rotten: 34
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Its smirking sense of humor and generic self-consciousness suggest that Payback would like to think of itself as a hip descendant of Pulp Fiction. But the movie is utterly devoid of narrative ingenuity and visual and dramatic flair.
Fresh: Sadism is the film's only real subject, and its only real life as well.
Rotten: In the popcorn sense, it certainly delivers on mindless escapism. In the artistic sense, let's just say that Payback is a long way from Point Blank.
Fresh: A higher class of thriller.
One of Mel's best
Once in a while a rare gem slips out of Hollywood and slides under the radar. If you like gangster movies, this one is action packed with laughs, and a plot that keeps you glued; I like it because you don't get the typical good guy vs. bad guy plot like most plots. Mel plays a bad guy who gets screwed by other bad guys, with drug pushers, crooked cops, and even his wife over 70 grand. Hats off to the editor of this 1999 version, I'm glad itunes offered it.
Where is "Payback:Straight Up"?
This version is pretty good, but "straight up" is twice as good. When "Straight up" is available, I'll come knockin.
This is another one of Mel’s fun, action packed movies. If you like Mel this is worth buying.