Payback Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 5799

Average Rating: 2.5/4

# of Ratings: 140

Theatrical Release Date: 02/05/1999

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Brian Helgeland

Actors: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Bill Duke, Deborah Kara Unger

Plot: Porter and his partner has just netted $140,000, but his partner needs $130,000 of it and uses his junkie wife to shoot him in the back. Porter lives, and a year-and-a-half later, tracks down his partner, now part of "the syndicate" to get his money back. -- Chris Kavan

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Indyfreak - wrote on 08/14/2018

Coupled with gruesome violence and sophomoric humor that mistakes itself for sardonic wit, this glossy remake of POINT BLANK misses the point. Yea pun intended. Only interesting things about it are the increased agency of the female characters (played by then rising stars Maria Bello and Lucy Liu).

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Matthew Brady - wrote on 10/13/2013

Pay back is cold.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 05/19/2012

This semi-remake of Point Blank sees Mel Gibson robbed and left for dead by his wife and erstwhile partner and he promptly sets out for revenge. Once again Hollywood attempts to revisit film noir without understanding how it worked; noir was all about hardboiled dialogue and attitude, not macho posturing and ugly violence. It starts off well but soon descends into a collection of racial stereotypes, comedy S&M hookers and Laurel & Hardy-esque corrupt cops spouting cliches. Everything about this film feels second rate, from the drab photography to the B-grade supporting cast, from which only veteran tough guy James Coburn rises above the mundane. It has some decent moments, but give me Lee Marvin any time.

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Payback’s a bitch!

MovieAddict - wrote on 03/09/2013

Mel Gibson plays a small-time crook named Porter, who is double crossed by his partner-in-crime Val Resnick (Gregg Henry) and his wife (Deborah Kara Unger) after a heist of $140,000 from an Asian Mob robbery. They did not plan, on him recovering afterwards. Now, Porter is out for revenge and the sum of $70,000, his agreed payment in the robbery gone awry.

There is a nice undercurrent of black humor, which lingers during the whole film and the storyline moves along quickly with fast turns, and contains all of the essential action components: guns, bombs, babes, and dead people as Porter goes up against "The Syndicate", corrupt cops and the Asians he stole the money from with the help of the hooker with a heart of gold. As Porter rightly claimed; he didn't just have a monkey on his …

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