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1990s, Action, Drama - Gangland

Payback (1999)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story A novel of the same name by Donald E Westlake
Writer/s Script Brian Helgeland, Terry Hayes
Director Brian Helgeland
Starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Bill Duke, Deborah Kara Unger, John Glover, William Devane, Lucy Liu, Kris Kristofferson, Jame Coburn
Elevator Pitch After a successful robbery the thief is double-crossed by his partner and his wife, shot and left for dead. But he recovers and goes on the track of his share of the money, taking on his former partner and then the hierarchy of the Chicago criminal organisation. As time passes his chances fo survival appear to be slim.
Content Almost continuous violence of one sort or another, with handguns and machine guns, plus some torture and one or two sado-masochistic sessions, so at least one young woman in leather gear. Some sharp dialogue particularly between the robber and two policemen. And some drug taking, resulting in a death.
A View This turns out to have been a very troubled production. The director was sacked and a lot of it was reshot, but for all that it is not a bad action movie in the “Lethal Weapon” style, with some enjoyable plot twists, and some surprises. A perfectly acceptable way of passing an hour and a half if you like action movies.

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