PAYBACK (Theater Release USA 1999)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

Payback—gritty and realistic—stars Mel Gibson. It has a good, solid storyline and serves as a good guy flick. The venue is fresh and well-chosen. This film turns upside down, just as the Paul Newman and Robert Redford film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid did, by making the protagonist the bad guy instead of the traditional, ethical, wear-the-white-hat good guy. This movement makes an interesting watch.

Storyline

After being denied his portion of heist money, Porter (Mel Gibson) goes on a hunt to recover his share of the money.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Brian Helgel and for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Stephen McEveety for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Val Resnick (Gregg Henry), Rosie (Maria Bello), Arthur Stegman (David Paymer), Detective Hicks (Bill Duke), Mrs. Lynn Porter (Deborah Kara Unger), Phil (John Glover), Carter (William Devane), and Pearl (Lucy Liu).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie completely serves the hardcore Mel Gibson fan. It’s well done and worth a watch. The story moves along rapidly from one action scene to another.

Ben Meyers

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