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Payback: The Director's Cut

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Payback

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Wide Release Date:
02/05/99
performer:
Maria Bello, Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Kris Kristofferson, David Paymer, Deborah Kara Unger, James Coburn, Lucy Liu
director:
Brian Helgeland
author:
Terry Hayes, Brian Helgeland
genre:
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

The initial version of the Mel-starring thriller was an above-average exercise in retro noir. So this new cut of Payback from Brian Helgeland, who was replaced during postproduction, plays largely as an itch-scratching exercise, despite the restoration of his original, more ambiguous ending. EXTRAS
A doc finds Helgeland ruminating on his removal with irritating equanimity. But it does contain a vital piece of directorial advice, which is repeated on the amiably informative commentary: If you want to keep your job, never ever ever have one of your characters kill a dog.

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