Val goes to Carter (Devane), one of the leaders of the Syndicate, for help, but gets none. He created this mess and he'll just have to take care of it himself. Though Carter is impressed by Porter's ability to break into their stronghold and intrigued by his quest to regain such a measly sum of money. With no other option available, Val, with the help of Pearl, sets Porter up and almost gets him killed by a gang of very pissed off Chinese mobsters. But someone's looking out for Porter. Two very crooked cops to be exact. Once Porter gets his cash, he has to turn it over to them or they're going to book him for every crime they can think of that has anything to do with his life.
Slightly battered, Porter returns to Rosie's to regroup. She tries to convince him to just give up, but he won't hear of it and after a passionate moment leaves to finish this business. Unfortunately for Rosie, Val follows him and pays her a visit. The last time they met, Val well-known for beating up his sex-partners almost killed her. He's making up for lost time when Porter returns he forgot his cigarettes and gives Val a little of his own medicine. Porter finishes him off once he gets the information he needs the names of the leaders in the Syndicate. He returns to his apartment with Rosie in tow, she's no longer safe in her own place, to find a hit out on his life in the form of a big bunch of dynamite attached to the phone. Porter has now become an important man...the Syndicate doesn't put out a hit on just anybody.
The final third of the film has Porter going against the various leaders of the organization, none of whom can believe he would go to this much trouble and through a boatload of pain to get back so little money. Though his actions made sense, none of them were surprising, especially how he dispatches, not only the crooked cops, but the Syndicate leaders. It seemed pretty obvious what he was up to to me. Some people might find this film clever, but only those who haven't seen many crime-caper, one-man against the world action movies before. I have, so I was a little bit bored.
There are many things that make this film worthwhile: the look, which was very stylized with some great camera work; Mel Gibson's charm, which depending on your gender is a plus or minus; the supporting cast, which did great work with very little, especially James Coburn and Lucy Liu; and the screenplay, which has some funny dialogue and touching moments. Unfortunately, it lacked cleverness and originality, two things that really hampered my enjoyment. I guess you can't have everything.