Payback is a brutally entertaining crime drama that should have been a little more brutal and a little less entertaining. show more
Payback has a completely different spirit from "L.A. Confidential'' -- more wild, more silly -- but it has the same attention to the fine points of plot and character. show more
There is much cleverness and ingenuity in Payback, but Mel Gibson is the key. The movie wouldn't work with an actor who was heavy on his feet, or was too sincere about the material. show more
THIS IS MEL GIBSON\'S VERSION OF FILM NOIRE, AND HE DOES IT JUSTICE. IT WOULD SLIDE RIGHT INTO PLACE WITH All the old classic movies of this type. IF ONLY DOCTORS IN THE REAL WORLD COULD HEAL PEOPLE THE WAY THEY GET HEALED IN FILMS! THEY GET BANGED AND KICKED AROUND AND CAN STILL FUNCTION IN THE NEXT SCENE.