An amazing experience.  Brian Helgeland was fired from Payback (2 days after he won an Oscar for LA Confidential) because it was too dark. The studio was looking for a Lethal Weapon look-alike and he was staying true to the source novel, The Hunter by Richard Stark.  I’d always liked the theatrical Payback because Mel Gibson’s Walker was much closer to the book’s Parker than Lee Marvin’s version in Point Blank (1967).  But the director’s cut has an entirely different 3rd act (no Kris Kristofferson) that’s so much darker and truer to the book. Yeah, it’s probably too dark for the general public, but not for my readers. So I say to you: rent the director’s cut and marvel. (And listen to the commentary.)


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