Payback (1999) [English (MPEG Layer III, 127 kBit/s, 44 kHz, Stereo)]
Genre: Action / Crime / Thriller
Length: 1h 40m 0s
Director: Brian Helgeland
Tagline: Get ready to root for the bad guy.
Plot outline: Val Resnick and Porter, two small time bandits, hit a Chinese gang together and manage to get $140,000. But Val Resnick needs 130 grand alone to buy himself back into his syndication. So, Val turns on Porter together with Porter's wife Lynn, who kills him with two shots in the back. But Porter survives and half a year later, he is back, seeking his share of $70,000. When he finally finds Val, Porter quickly learns that he has to go much further up the ladder in order to get his money from the guys who have it: The syndication. Working alone can't be realized any more, so Porter teams up with his flame and previous boss Rosie, a very exclusive prostitute. Together, they now start playing the teams against each other. Summary written by Julian Reischl {julian.reischl@stud.uni-muenchen.de} Mel Gibson plays super-bad guy, Porter, who is so despicable that he would steal a pan-handler's money and take a waitress' tip. He is quickly shown to keep even worst company though as his friend (Gregg Henry) and junkie wife join together to kill him after a robbery from an Oriental gang. Nonetheless, he recovers after being gunned in the back by his wife. He then sets out for revenge against his "friend", who used the money to buy his way into the "Syndicate". This means he also has to to take on the Syndicate bosses which include, in line, William DeVane, James Coburn, and Kris Kristofferson. Meanwhile, crooked cops also come after him trying to get their share of what they believe is a big load of money related to drugs, the Oriental gang seeks revenge against the robbers, and a crooked little middle man tries to get his own piece. Summary written by John Sacksteder {jsack@ka.net} What was supposed to be a routine robbery turns into a double cross when Porter's wife and his best friend shoot him and leave him for dead. But things take a turn for the bizarre when Porter recuperates seeking revenge for the money he was swiped out of. Only to learn that the money is now in the hands of a crime organization. He's determined to get the money back and his many encounters include his less than likeable ex-partner, a sniveling crook, two corrupt cops, a brutal dominatrix, and one very lethal crime boss. Summary written by Mystic80
Comment: I hadn't heard about this film, when I was suddenly offered the chance to see it, but boy was I surprised. It is a strange film with a script that could have been written in the 70s: look at the suits, cars and telephones. Mel Gibson is the only really famous actor, the rest are old stars or b-actors. There are really no "bystanders", very few people on the street, thereby placing great emphasis on Gibson and his opponents. Mel Gibson is playing the role of the anti-hero made famous by Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson. He is not the bad guy, since he kills bad guys, but he is not really the good guy either. He is a cold hearted robber with a mission: to get the money back his partner stole from him no matter what. He will not stop until that goal is accomplished. That is the plot-outline. It is a matter of principle and not the $70.000. I can only recommend the film especially if you like Mel Gibson, or the old Clint Eastwood movies.
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Country: USA
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Actors:
Mel GibsonasPorter
Gregg HenryasVal Resnick
Maria Bello (I)asRosie
David PaymerasArthur Stegman