Solid adaptation of Richard Stark's classic, "The Hunter", but like many Parker films, waters down the character too much. Gibson makes a fine Parker (who is for some reason called Porter), using his trademark charm matched with underlying rage to play a criminal you kind of root for. The rest of the cast is solid, especially Greg Henry as the sociopathic Val, who remains charming even at his most vile. Behind the camera, Brian Helgeland is an obvious fan of Stark, giving the film a rough feel while filling it with criminals worst than Porter, thus you find yourself rooting for him by the default. Sadly, the theatrical cut waters down the story too much to make Porter more sympathetic, though is still entertaining. Hegleland original cut is more effective but still waters down Porter by introducing an unnecessary love story with Rosie (nicely played by Mario Bello). The point of the Parker novels is that he's a bad guy but because he's a professional with something of a code, you find yourself rooting for him over the worse criminals in the film. Overall, an enjoyable film in both versions, but to date, "Point Blank" is the only true adaptation of Richard Stark's novels to date.