Published on August 25th, 2015 | by Clint Davis

Payback [1999] (VIDEO REVIEW)

Payback [1999] (VIDEO REVIEW) Clint Davis

Summary: Despite offering nothing original and having no three-dimensional characters, 'Payback' gets by on charm, style and a dark sense of humor. It's a better-than-average shoot-em-up flick.


Damn Fine

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R  |  101 min.

Director: Brian Helgeland

Screenplay: Brian Helgeland, Terry Hayes (based on Donald Westlake’s novel The Hunter)

Starring: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello

Distribution: Warner Bros.

Worldwide Box Office: $161.6 million (#26 of 1999)

Mel Gibson as a tunnel-visioned, foul-mouthed, take-no-prisoners prick? Little did audiences know how close to the real Gibson his character in 1999’s Payback really was.

This revenge/shoot-em-up flick plays out as expected, with plenty of cool-talking characters that fire bullets at one another, but it’s the confidence and humor with which Payback was executed that makes it stand out. We take a deeper look at this movie in Overdue Review’s first-ever video review.

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Clint Davis is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based journalist who dropped out of film school to write news! Email him at

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