As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.
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Effective thriller (although nothing revolutionary) that pits classic Mel Gibson against anybody who dares step in his path. It's possible that people harp on this film and his performance because they have made the media-influenced decision to despise him, but the fact is this film is entertaining and bloody. What more would you want from a revenge film? Ray Winstone hardly stole the show - but he was fantastic.
Gibson's first leading role in quite some time. I think this movie could've been much more successful if his personal life wasn't such a mess right now, because I think it's definitely the type of film that would appeal to a mainstream audience. And as everyone already said, Ray Winstone's performance was really the best part.
Crazy Mel is back on stage after 8 years. And one might think that the come-back has been prepared carefully & is demanding, ambitious or high-profile. No. This is not the case. Instead, Mel is doing his "Payback" thing & that's it. Sure there is tense, powerful moments, but spoiled by so much talky bullshit, illogical plotting & mumbly dialogue. As a result this becomes just boring. The title is absolutely stupid.
absolutely terrible, gibson looks like his daughter's grandpa instead of dad and more like a recovering drug and alcoholic addict than a beat cop, he looks like he aged 20 years in this movie from his last picture. all i could think was "your too old for this sh*". along with signs, one of gibsons worst.