After being shot, robbed, and left for dead by his wife and "Business" partner, an expert thief named Porter must retrace his steps, and take mighty revenge!.
While that plot may sound quite simple, it doesn't take away from the intensity and grittiness it has packed into it. Payback has got to be one of the best action films of that decade. Mel Gibson really put on a show with his deep voice and revengeful killing, and easily had me hooked from beginning to end. You could compare his character Porter to most action heroes out there. He's not to far off some of the best. I felt like I watching a movie from a different planet at some points. The main reason was the soundtrack towards the beginning and middle, mixed with him walking down the streets with no care for anything but revenge. You don't see many movies nowadays like Payback.
Before watching this flick, I was honestly expecting it to be very similar to most revenge movies, with most things going exactly the same, and a very predictable outcome. The Brave One, and Death Sentence are just a couple to note, Though Death Sentence was pulled off quite well, but you get what I mean. I was pleasantly surprised with the way this one was put together. Unlike a lot of action flicks out there, Payback adds realism to the mix. You don't see Porter beating the crap out of ten guys at once. He simply does what a very very tough human can do, and comes up victorious in the process. He gets beat up and bloodied as well, which is what a lot of action stars seem to "avoid". A lot of them are apparently "invincible".
This movie adds a whole lot of grittiness as well. There isn't a whole lot of heavy rock or rap music going on to make the scenes look cool. It's just the environmental noise, and that makes it that much more gritty. As shown in films like The Departed, Goodfellas, and other films to that extent. That's how I hope a lot of films will be made in the near future. It's a really good and efficient way to go. Unlike films like that of what Steven Seagal stars in. Now that's how not to attract viewers. More to the point, I am saying that Payback is excellently made.
If your looking for a movie to watch, where you can just sit back, relax, and watch some violence, than by all means watch Payback. It's exactly what the doctor ordered in terms of a fun action movie.
Payback's a bitch