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Porter is a man that is double crossed and
left for dead but he soon resurfaces. He wants his cut and doesn't
care what he has to do to get it. Now, everyone in the city's
criminal underworld, including an air-tight syndicate called The
Outfit, have Porter's cross-hairs trained on them.
Action - Payback is a violent action thriller with some comedy. Fans of
Mel Gibson will be the primary audience, as he plays a brutal, slightly
crazed character similar to the original Lethal Weapon. Fans of
action-crime films will probably also enjoy the extreme steps taken
by characters in the film to get what they want. The multiple scenes
of extreme violence, torture and other brutality, however, may be too
much for some viewers sensitive to such material.
PROFANITY: Strong and extremely frequent SEX/NUDITY: No explicit sex or nudity; suggestive content VIOLENCE: Torture, shootings, beatings and other brutality DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol consumption, death by drug overdose ACTION: Explosions and beatings COMEDY: Dark comedy frequently based on violence
"Get ready to root for the bad guy" trumpets the tag line for
PAYBACK, and you will thanks to Mel Gibson's unique anti-hero persona.
He stars as a thief out for revenge on the partner who ripped him
off, bringing his combination of instability and wounded appeal to the
role. The action is violent -- at times to extremes -- but somehow
it only rarely feels desperate or exploitative. It's a dark film about
dark characters which still entertains in spite of the occasionally
grim tone. Credit Gibson with creating a psycho you can snuggle up to.
The heist goes smoothly enough. The cash is
already hot. So when Porter (Mel Gibson) and Vat (Gregg Henry)
steal it, they're in the clear.
Time comes around to split the take and Val makes three grave
mistakes: he takes Porter's cut; he takes Porter's wife and tries
to take Porter's life. Problem is, when you kill this guy, you
better make sure he's dear.
Porter soon resurfaces, reborn with a serious case of tunnel-vision.
He wants his cut and doesn't care what he has to do to get it.
Now, everyone in the city's criminal underworld, including an
air-tight syndicate called The Outfit, have Porter's cross-hair
trained on them.