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Payback: Straight Up (2006)

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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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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During the DVD documentaries and commentaries included in this version of Payback, director Brian Helgeland states that he can now appreciate the theatrical, audience-friendly cut created from his movie. At the time he wrote and directed Payback, his commentary reveals that with the 1970's, gritty, crime-drama tableau, the unhappy ending was in keeping with the outcomes of so many of the popular films of that period. See more »

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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 »

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A different look at one of Mel's best films
15 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's a notorious history behind the 1999 film, 'Payback'. Brian Helgeland's cut of the film was deemed too dark for the movie-going public, and a new director was brought in for restructuring and reshoots. Though Helgeland was still credited, the version released in theaters was very different than what he'd intended - and the "film that could've been" would remain talked-about on the web for nearly ten years afterward. Helgeland was finally able to put the finishing touches on his version, and we have 'Payback: Straight Up - The Director's Cut'.

The basic story remains very much the same. It's still the story of one man with an unyielding thirst for revenge against the man who double-crossed him (Gregg Henry), and the criminal organization that owes him his share. But it's an entirely new and different cut. Gone is the cold blue tint from the theatrical release, leaving a much warmer palette. Also gone is the gravelly-voiced narration by Mel Gibson. And there's a completely new third act that brings about a different ending (though left somewhat ambiguous, the viewer easily gets the hint as to where the story goes once the credits roll). But the biggest difference between the two cuts is the tone. The movie that was released in 1999 had the distinct feel of a '70s caper/revenge movie. There was an undeniable cool to Porter, and plenty of wry humor. But 'Payback: Straight Up' delivers a much more brutal noir film. Instead of the underdog that we can all get behind and root for, Porter is now just ... mean. He lives his life by principle; and once he's wronged, he's out for revenge - with an undeterred sense of purpose that's all-too-uncommon. There's no laughing with this guy. Most of the jokes that were laughed at in 1999 are still here, but they're not as funny. And that has everything to do with the tone. Same story, different movie.

Which is not a bad thing (in the least). If you've ever read the source novel, "The Hunter", by Richard Stark (and you should), 'Straight Up' presents a Mel Gibson that is the very embodiment of the novel's protagonist. He's mean, out for himself, and should not be double-crossed. And Helgeland does a terrific job bringing the character to the silver screen.

It's a solid 8/10 (like its theatrical counterpart), and a rare example of a Director's Cut that is on par with the original version.


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