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Monday, August 5, 2013

Payback by Brian Helgeland, 1999 (R)

with Mel Gibson (The Beaver), Gregg Henry, Maria Bello (Thank You For Smoking, The Cooler, Beautiful Boy), David Paymer (The Five-Year Engagement), Bill Duke, Deborah Kara Unger (The Game), John Glover (Alice in Wonderland), William Devane, Lucy Liu, Jack Conley, Kris Kristofferson (Deadfall)

A career criminal's wife and former partner steal the money he lifted from the Chinese triads, shoot him and leave him for dead -- or so they think. But five months later, he's back and ready to exact his revenge.

I loved this film noir, back in time, when I first saw it. The cast is perfect, the characters reckless, ethics are gone, the main objective of the not-so-bad guy is revenge, and money, but revenge seems to suit him well if any trouble along the way. The women around are whores, SM or not, or heavy junky. You either die killed or overdosed. There is no light, the whole movie is shot with a bluish tone, and shades of black. Mel Gibson looks like himself, apparently some modern version of Mad Max (I haven't seen it yet...). He is perfect, and somehow funny, in a dark kind of way. Awesome.

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