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Payback (1999)
USA / English
"No More Mr. Nice Guy "
Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.
Mel Gibson Porter
Gregg Henry Val Resnick
Maria Bello Rosie
David Paymer Arthur Stegman
Bill Duke Det. Hicks
Deborah Kara Unger Mrs. Lynn Porter
John Glover Phil
William Devane Carter
Lucy Liu Pearl (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Jack Conley Det. Leary
Kris Kristofferson Bronson
Mark Alfa Johnny's Friend #2
Kwame Amoaku Radioman
Justin Ashforth Michael, Bartender #1
Len Bajenski Fairfax Bodyguard #1
Director: Brian Helgeland
Producer: Bruce Davey
Writer: Donald E. Westlake,Brian Helgeland
character build
i like this movie mostly for one reason. that reason is because of the way it turns on it's head the normal way in which a character is made into a badass. generally speaking i've noticed in movies that a character can be built up as a badass in a number of ways. most of these include either not showing the character at all (The Usual Suspects, Boba Fett, Hannibal in Silence of The Lambs) or showing them in light that doesn't particularly lend itself to inspiring badass-ness (Clint eastwood in Unforgiven) or minimizing the character's screen bad ass time (Darth Vader, terminator 1,) meanwhile other characters in the periphery will expound on the alleged badness of the character... this is a great strategy for making a character quite memorable. anthony perkin's psycho is still considered a bad dude because so little is known about him until the end. and this technique of leaving it up to the viewer's imagination works well for other things too, such as implied violence, in reservoir dogs, and implied intelligence (any morgan freeman character)

but here in Payback mel Gibson just does exactly the opposite, the movie acts as a kind of two hour buildup of the his character's factor of badass-ness, with little plot, or development, or nuance along the way. meanwhile instead of verbally building himself up on screen ala Keyser Soze, the character instead undercuts his character's bad ass-ness by slyly poking fun at himself, and allowing a bit of abuse to come his way. By the end of the film the Mel Gibson has established a classic movie badass.

it works!

8 out of 10

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 6.8
Musician: Chris Boardman
Running time: 90 min (director's cut)
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3