Genre Guesstimation – Payback (1999)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Gavin of Mini Media Reviews and he has chosen the genre of Revenge Movies

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of August by sending them to gavinsrevenge@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Gavin!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Revenge Films.

“Crooked cops. Do they come in any other way? If I’d been just a little dumber, I could have joined the force myself.” – Porter

Number of Times Seen – 2 (28 Nov 1999 and 7 Aug 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A thief double crossed by his partners following a heist does all he can to get his money back and enact revenge on those that wronged him.

My Take on it – This is a film that has an interesting premise since it wants us to see how things are viewed from the perspective of evil people.

The problem is that the lead is played by Mel Gibson and it’s really hard to not want to root for him yet he does an awful job playing the bad guy.

His character comes across as unrealistic and instead of menacing, most of what he does seems comical.

The storyline itself is extremely choppy and the idea of a film where we aren’t suppose to like any of the characters does damage to itself when in the end we don’t really care what happens to any of them along the way or for that matter, the story itself.

Truly a waste of time and a good premise.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that just doesn’t work because Gibson isn’t believable in the main role. Instead of seeming menacing, his performance comes off as more comical than it should.  The storyline moves along too choppily and despite the fact that we aren’t meant to like any of the characters, we don’t and that is detrimental to the caring of what really happens.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the director commentary, James Coburn found the prop cigars his character was supposed to use unfit for smoking. So, he went into Mel Gibson’s trailer (Gibson wasn’t there, as he wasn’t scheduled for shooting at that moment) and helped himself to a few of Gibson’s cigars.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. This film doesn’t work on so many levels.

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – Payback (1999)

  1. I have to disagree with you on this one. Ironically, it’s because of something we actually do agree on. I’ll explain. You say Gibson’s actions are more comical than menacing. That is 100% true. However, that’s also true of the supposedly menacing people he was trying to get his money back from. That, the way-over-the-top characterizations of just about everyone involved and his ever-present insistence on only getting exactly the amount owed to him all marked this as a dark comedy, for me. I laughed most of the way through and had a fun time with it. It’s actually one of my favorite Gibson roles outside of the Lethal Weapon franchise, of course.

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