Payback * Brian Helgeland (1999)

Seriously, it is purely coincidental that this is again a Mel Gibson film. I did not rent the previous one because of Gibson and “Payback” I got from a friend who dropped the title of this film every time I mentioned the genre of the action film. Inspite of my friend’s raving words about the film, I did not find it very good. The story is rather thin and the film is nowhere surprising. Gibson plays a man who was double crossed during a robbery and later he goes out to get his share. Porter is both violent and masochistic, perhaps these elements where strong in 1999, but in 2012 it no longer adds much to see a guy allowing his toes to be hammered in order to get even. “Payback” is perhaps somewhat of a classic and it certainly is not boring, there is some humour in it and the acting is good, but I did not find it very convincing.

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