Payback: Straight Up (2006)

R  |  Video  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  10 April 2007 (USA)
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Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.



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Credited cast:
Radioman (archive footage)
Michael The Bartender (archive footage)
Len Bajenski ...
Fairfax Bodyguard #1 (archive footage)
Rosie (archive footage)
Kate Buddeke ...
Counter Girl (archive footage)
Hugh Callaly ...
Businessman (archive footage)
Roddy Chiong ...
Chow's Thug #2 (archive footage)
Stephen Cinabro ...
Val's Goon #2 (archive footage)
Justin Fairfax (archive footage)
Det. Leary (archive footage)
Debra L. Dado ...
Sneaker Lady (archive footage)
Tailor (archive footage)
Carter (archive footage)
Det. Hicks (archive footage)
Tom Equin ...
Razor Clean #1 (archive footage)


Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.

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He's back with a vengeance.



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Did You Know?


Bronson's voice was originally provided by Angie Dickinson, who starred in Point Blank (1967), of which this film is a remake. But her voice was replaced with Sally Kellerman's for the DVD release. See more »


When Porter and Val run their Nova into the Chows' car, although the cars have impacted and come to a dead stop, the reaction shot of Porter and Val shows buildings still moving past the side windows. Also, Porter's head has snapped forward all the way to the steering wheel before Val even reacts to the crash. See more »


[first lines]
Val Resnick: Oh, I bet you got a lot of questions rattling around in your head.
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Version of Point Blank (1967) See more »

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Seventy grand, I want it back.
1 May 2007 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Before studio execs and Mel Gibson got all uppity with Brian Helgeland, Payback was a darker, meaner film. But after an apparently poor test screening in 1997(honestly, what IS the point of these?) they put Payback on hold for over a year so Mel could do Lethal Weapon 4 before going back for some re-shoots, with a new director, to make the film happier.

So they approved a script of a dark, moody revenge thriller, green-lighted it for production and changed their minds to make it lighter because a ragtag audience didn't understand/like it? Man, Hollywood is one weird town.

The resulting film, which was eventually released in 1999, seemed a bit tacked together. There were scenes that just seemed out of place and irregular. It was obvious that any scene actually shot back in 1997 was shot on location and any scene shot for the 1999 cut was just shot in the generic 'street set' on the Warner back-lot. Despite all of this, Payback was still a fun film that failed to go all the way with it's concept.

The new DC is a superior version, no doubt and is about 33% different. There are new scenes and odds and ends through out the running time and the last act is completely different. Kris Kristoffersen is gone and replaced by Sally Kellerman (voice only, Bronson is never seen). James Coburn and John Glover also have smaller roles. The narration from Porter is gone as well as the blue tint to most of the film. Now most scenes are just lit as normal without any post-production filtering.

There is also a new musical score. The jazzy feel to the opening scenes is still there but through-out the rest of the film the score is more atmospheric and understated. Both are as good as each and fit the differing tones, so there's no better of the two.

It does end a bit abruptly and without any truly satisfying conclusion. I guess this is what annoyed test audiences. But a disgruntled audience should not be a decision-making committee when it comes to making movies.

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