by Gary Johnson
Payback is as brutal and blunt as a sledgehammer to the head, but it's also, strangely, a lot of fun. On the surface, it looks like another Pulp Fiction wanna-be. Filmed in masculine greys, blues, and blacks (the same colors, not coincidentally, as a revolver), it introduces us to a host of seamy characters who only care about themselves, but Payback is definitely sleeker and more compact than Pulp Fiction. It focuses on just one story--with such devotion that the movie clocks in at only about 90 minutes.
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