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1999
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 40m
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 shoots him twice in the back. But Porter survives and half a year later, he is back, seeking his share of $70,000... (imdb)
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Payback

1999
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 40m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
72nd
pretty funny, full of clichés (good guy, bad guy ... who'll win ?!), some nice explosions, not a movie to watch ten times but once or twice is fine :-)
Rated 20 May 2015
69
59th
I'm sorry to get off topic but I've gone through some dark times in my life. I've had my share of hardships and I've struggled at times just to get out of bed and greet the day as anything other than misery, but I've never questioned the futility of life until I saw Bill Duke's imdb page. What's he known for? Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Not Predator. Not the greatest action/sci-fi mix ever concocted. No, the Whoopi vehicle. Anyways, fun but not Point Blank.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
76th
Reviewing the director's cut: Have you ever wanted to see a film where the protagonist is really an asshole? Not some jerk that really has a heart of gold but is a real, true asshole? Then the director's cut of Payback is completely up your alley. Porter just wants his $70,000 and if he has to kill some guys to get it well then that's how it is. The director's cut is like a black comedy and it works perfectly. The ending fells a bit abrupt but damn what a ride to get there.
Rated 08 Nov 2007
96
98th
Easily the best Gibson movie ever. A great take on the dark noir genre with perfect performance all the way through.
Rated 17 May 2008
87
93rd
highly watchable and gibson's character is one of my top five favorites of all time, i'd watch a twenty hour mini series to see some more of the crap he would do to get his $70,000.
Rated 08 Jan 2010
90
99th
Mel Gibson plays "Porter" a first-name-less hold-up man left for dead by his wife and friend for a mere $70 grand. "Porter" is an ass; he's cynical; he's unbeatable; he's unbearable; and he is demanding back his blood money, his 70 grand; or the whole city has hell to pay.
Rated 26 Jan 2007
40
9th
Watch Point Blank instead. Lee Marvin is the bomb in that one.
Rated 15 Feb 2007
93
96th
BAD. ASS.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
45
25th
Forgettable.
Rated 05 Mar 2007
20
13th
Weak remake of Point Blank (itself overrated). Gibson is at his best when allowed to be playful (see Lethal Weapon), but he just doesn't work in dour stuff like this.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
72
57th
It's true. I rooted for Mel Gibson the entire film. Thought the movie was funny, exciting, and played it's mediocre premise the best it possibly could.
Rated 12 Apr 2007
79
57th
Just watched the Director's Cut. Much better than the original theatrical release.
Rated 26 May 2007
35
12th
Overrated. Gimme back my son!
Rated 14 Jun 2007
75
45th
Decent revenge flick.
Rated 08 Jul 2007
84
64th
Director's cut version.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
91
74th
Mel Gibson gets mean.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
32nd
What a vicious, bitter movie. Nothing is enjoyable in this whinefest.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
35th
pretty rough movie, if you ask me. great cinematography with all those bluey filters and so
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
53rd
I like bad guys vs. bad guys films.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
85th
Very good at what it does
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
60th
Among Mel's better performances. Sure, it's a silly script (assumedly intentionally so), but it does what it sets out to do, and it's pretty funny to boot.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
89th
Great style...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
59th
lot guns lot a love
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
47th
I like the twists it takes but seems to drag on a bit. Needed better supporting characters.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
38
29th
I wanted to like this movie, but it just blows. An anti-hero is supposed to stay an anti-hero. Trying to make him into a regular hero is just counter productive or, in a word, stupid.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
59
42nd
Payback is a worthwhile rental. Or watch it on TBS, you'll get the gist of this deceny.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
32nd
Mel Gibson gets his revenge and kills a whole lot of people.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
57
16th
I remember very little about this movie. Couldn't have been that great, then.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
36th
Not great but watchable
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
93rd
Very gooood
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
56th
Probably not to everyone's tastes, but to anyone who likes off-beat crime actioners, PAYBACK will pay back your money and time invested.
Rated 17 Aug 2007
78
76th
I prefer the original playful theatrical release versus Brian Helgeland's gritter re-cut of 2007. Mel Gibson shines as anti-hero, Porter, who just wants his 70-grand, and everyone else can die. Very entertaining movie.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
83
59th
Got to get ready, for the big payback.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
87
89th
Very Good
Rated 28 Aug 2007
92
46th
Ok!
Rated 29 Aug 2007
9
62nd
Very good, Mel at his best
Rated 01 Sep 2007
80
84th
Far fetched [e.g., mafia guys that all looked like WASPs with waspy last names]. But, despite the plot realism [or lack of!], it's a fun movie to watch because at its core, it's a comedy despite the blood and gore.
Rated 15 Sep 2007
75
79th
Silly neo-noir/action/comedy that stays entertaining due to Gibson's terrific anti-hero.
Rated 20 Sep 2007
75
45th
Great comic relief in a suspense movie.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
85
55th
Eh. It's pretty interesting, but you really have to watch it all at once.
Rated 28 Dec 2007
85
47th
The DC is a huge improvement over the theatrical. The characters feel far more real, the violence has more of an impact and the new ending is superb.
Rated 02 Jan 2008
85
81st
A very worthy remake.
Rated 01 Feb 2008
86
92nd
Good acting, both leading and numberous supporting roles (the usual Lucy Liu character always keeps me turning in good mood). Good music. Good story, enough twists. Very good package indeed. Tough guy with good-looking girls and ugly villians. It's also a dead man walking story, since Porter (without the first name!) is dead in the beginning of the movie. Reminds Point Blank, though not similar odd scenes.
Rated 03 Mar 2008
4
33rd
Pretty mediocre, infinitely inferior to Helgeland's Director's Cut.
Rated 06 Mar 2008
67
44th
Wait, was Mel Gibson the bad guy or the good guy?
Rated 16 Mar 2008
88
93rd
badass from start to end
Rated 31 Mar 2008
50
39th
While slow for an action picture, the violence is frequently wincingly painful, which helps to make for excitement. The plot is pure fantasy, & the mobsters a bit too dumb, but its pretty easy to get caught up anyway.
Rated 03 Apr 2008
85
84th
That's what I want from an action.
Rated 20 Apr 2008
60
22nd
I rented this thinking I was getting the "give me back my son" movie, so all I really remember about it is the disappointment.
Rated 29 Apr 2008
40
9th
ugh..
Rated 08 May 2008
85
73rd
Mel Gibson kicking ass. Works for me.
Rated 09 May 2008
38
6th
Mel Gibson is mad and goes on a rampage. Plot is lacking.
Rated 09 May 2008
69
48th
Director's Cut
Rated 15 May 2008
75
48th
OK maybe I just liked this movie because it was NOT a Lethal Weapon. But I did like it.
Rated 23 Jun 2008
80
46th
Good thriller. Not the best, but entertaining.
Rated 27 Jun 2008
80
82nd
Dunno what it is, but i love this movie
Rated 13 Jul 2008
48
18th
Unmemorable.
Rated 09 Aug 2008
75
51st
interestin concept.
Rated 08 Sep 2008
45
31st
Nothing new. I expected more of Mel Gibson being a bad guy.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
60
89th
Hel enkel og stillig
Rated 18 Nov 2008
90
87th
Violent, good. Smart plot.
Rated 27 Dec 2008
85
66th
Make sure you see the Director's Cut, which is much better than the theatrical cu.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
88
79th
Great story, very concise. Romanticises crime. And Mel still likes to be tortured on film, what is up with that?
Rated 21 Jan 2009
75
43rd
Big Mel as a badass robber who just wants his 70K back. Badass with capital B and A.
Rated 29 Jan 2009
63
47th
For all the Bruce Willis films I've seen, Porter remains still one of the most tough guys in film history. His indestructibility is amusingly entertaining.
Rated 09 Feb 2009
40
7th
Maybe I just watched this movie too long after the fact to appreciate it at all.
Rated 23 Apr 2009
69
54th
Not bad for a revenge flick.
Rated 01 Jun 2009
85
44th
Mel Gibson. Doing Mel Gibson.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
70
79th
He's not a hero he's not an anti-hero either he's just a guy who wants the money owed to him. A lot of fun can be found in this black comedy.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
77
85th
Great hard boiled action, and that bad guy is perfectly cast.
Rated 12 Jun 2009
58
33rd
Comedy, revenge crime film. Ok but not special.
Rated 20 Jul 2009
80
60th
A bit campy and ridiculous, but enjoyable.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
58
48th
Entertaining revenge flick. Held back by some serious pacing issues.
Rated 07 Dec 2009
3
81st
i'm calling the cops
Rated 02 Mar 2010
55
19th
Silly revenge fantasy film with full on Chinese gang stereotypes with Lucy Liu in a role that looked utterly unconvincing.
Rated 09 Mar 2010
80
36th
I have no idea why I love this film, but I do. It's a disaster on many levels. Maybe it's Coburn, maybe it's the eye candy.
Rated 16 Mar 2010
73
24th
It's a bit generic, but still enjoyable.
Rated 19 Sep 2010
76
58th
18/9/2010
Rated 22 Sep 2010
70
79th
Movie has no merit for being as entertaining as it was, but Gibson really nailed the role.
Rated 16 Oct 2010
35
19th
The at-times jazzy feel of this remake is at odds with the overwhelming (and depressing) greyness of the cinematography, creating an oddly contrasting tone that is probably the result of production problems.
Rated 22 Jan 2023
50
48th
I often get this and Ransom mixed up so thought I’d watch it again to remind myself. Kinda like a proto-version of the type of thing Jason Statham started dominating for the next decade, there’s a bit of a cartoonish quality to it, some game performances and it kills a coupla hours, although Gibson’s brooding charm does a lot of the heavy lifting. Loses a bit in the final half-hour and is a forgettable but passable effort that somehow feels a good few years older than it is.
Rated 24 Jun 2011
88
70th
Gibson is Badass in this Flick and absolutely cool.
Rated 28 Jun 2011
91
84th
gran peli de mel gibson.. exclenete reparto...
Rated 05 Aug 2011
87
81st
Great "dark" movie.
Rated 03 Sep 2011
72
52nd
Gibson acts like a badass, makes some money, and his wife does nothing and gets all his money. Oh cruel world, give this man a break. Even his mediocre action films are still pretty good.
Rated 17 Dec 2011
70
51st
A classic Mel Gibson movie, and movies like this is reason I love the guy. He really takes a beatin' in this one! Luckily he gets to throw some punches himself!
Rated 20 Mar 2012
65
30th
Solid action movie.. and the good thing is the movie doesnt pretend to be anything it's not. One of Mel Gibson's best performances I've ever seen. The story is kind of lame :D.
Rated 02 Jun 2012
69
42nd
68.500
Rated 03 Oct 2021
53
32nd
Butchered in post, Payback has a split personality, torn between conflicting registers. Gibson does his thing, and the action hits hard, but it never rises above being another genre entry, and the voiceovers are terrible. Supposedly the director's cut is better.
Rated 15 Dec 2012
55
32nd
Third rate rehash of Point Blank. It's not terrible, and has some decent action...but it comes nowhere close to the power of the original film. Allow me to say this with some degree of finality: Mel Gibson is no Lee Marvin.
Rated 19 Dec 2012
72
48th
Pretty brutal, but straightforward action-vengeance film.
Rated 29 Mar 2015
59
40th
2.94/5
Rated 19 Jan 2017
90
69th
Mel Gibson is fantastic in this neo-noir action thriller. The lighting is fantastic and the story arc leaves you loving bad guys.
Rated 19 Jan 2017
70
69th
First of all, "Payback" features Mel Gibson when he still was an action hero, the always wonderful Maria Bello, Lucy Liu as a dominatrix and one of the final appearances of James fuckin' Coburn. Secondly, and most importantly, it's fast-paced, has some iconic scenes and will keep your blood pumping throughout; Brian Helgeland, like Porter, is not messing around. Also, to the writers' credit, the few more intimate scenes, such as Porter and Rosie at the diner, feel completely natural.
Rated 17 Oct 2017
65
71st
Nice gritty story of vengeance. What the movie Max Payne should have been.
Rated 12 Mar 2020
47
35th
Seen: 2.
Rated 09 Apr 2018
82
82nd
Haba, haba, haba
Rated 04 Jan 2019
72
82nd
Had no idea about this flick until I heard about it and watched it a few years ago. It is a good role for crazy Gibson to come out and play. Oh ya, there is also a spectacular scene or two with Liu.
Rated 24 Jan 2019
72
50th
Saw the payback straight up cut, which removes some of the humour and brings some grit and grimness to this crime film. Also the ugly blue tint in most scenes in the theatrical cutis gone. Voice over is gone. Most of these changes are for the better.
Rated 21 May 2019
73
43rd
Keyifli aksiyon filmlerinden,konu güzel ve Mel babanın oyunculuğu da götürüyor.

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