TEXAS PAYBACK is a competently made, by-the-numbers revenge actioner starring direct-to-video stalwart Sam Jones, but it plays like a dated throwback to another, less-jaded era.
Ruthless killer Cody Giles (Gary Hudson) escapes from prison with help from his brother and immediately concocts a plan to get revenge on Louis Gentry (Sam Jones), the ex-Texas Ranger who put him away. Gentry is now working security for a Las Vegas casino and is engaged to a singer there named
Angela (Kathleen Kinmont). Sheriff Bishop (Bo Hopkins) informs Gentry about Giles's escape, and Giles kills another former Texas Ranger named Maxwell after finding out where Gentry lives.
Giles assembles a gang, including another brother, to stage a raid on Bishop's house. Gentry and Bishop are ready for the attack and kill two of the gang members, but the raid was just a decoy, and the three brothers go to the casino to abduct Angela. They take her back to the ranch Gentry is
building and attack her, then set it on fire. Gentry shows up to save Angela and take her to the hospital, and finds a note from Giles that says "Del Rio."
Gentry then chases the brothers down to the Mexican border and manages to kill two of them, leading to a final mano-a-mano showdown between Giles and Gentry. After a brutal fistfight, Giles pulls out a gun, but Gentry throws a knife and hits Giles right in the heart. Then Gentry rides off into the
TEXAS PAYBACK has the kind of old-fashioned crime drama plot that might have been made into a better-than-average 70-minute B-movie back in the 1950s by Don Siegel or Phil Karlson, but in today's market of computerized mayhem and pyrotechnics, it comes off as fairly lackluster entertainment. There
is some good location photography of Las Vegas and the surrounding desert, nicely capturing the dusty ambiance, but the stunts and explosions all seem pretty tame, and the gunshots sound like cap pistols.
Jones--who once upon a time starred in FLASH GORDON--has all the charisma of a two-by-four, and Kinmont provides some unintentional laughs performing a couple of country & western songs that pad out the running time unnecessarily. And while it's always fun to watch veteran character actor Bo
Hopkins, it's a bit depressing to see him as aging and paunchy in such a routine time-killer. (Violence, nudity, profanity.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: R
- Review: TEXAS PAYBACK is a competently made, by-the-numbers revenge actioner starring direct-to-video stalwart Sam Jones, but it plays like a dated throwback to another, less-jaded era. Ruthless killer Cody Giles (Gary Hudson) escapes from prison with help from h… (more)