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Max Payne
     

Max Payne

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Director: John Moore

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges

 

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Rockstar Games' double-gunned action franchise comes to the big screen thanks to director John Moore (The Omen) and Mark Wahlberg, who embodies the title character of Max Payne, a widowed cop hell-bent on delivering justice no matter what the cost as he investigates a string of killings in his city.

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Rockstar Games' double-gunned action franchise comes to the big screen thanks to director John Moore (The Omen) and Mark Wahlberg, who embodies the title character of Max Payne, a widowed cop hell-bent on delivering justice no matter what the cost as he investigates a string of killings in his city. Mila Kunis and Chris O'Donnell head up the supporting cast, with Beau Thorne adapting the screenplay for the 20th Century Fox production.

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Video-game adaptations have a deservedly bad reputation, probably because most of them suck. The heart of the problem is probably the fact that you're basing your screen-story on something created in a medium where story isn't really necessary. Max Payne, however, finds a loophole in this conundrum, because it's a movie based on a game that was already sort of based on movies. The video game of Max Payne is mostly just your basic third-person shooter -- the way it defines itself is through its modern-noir style. That's the key element that the movie ran with, and as a result, it isn't half bad. It's your basic hardboiled detective story, in which the titular hero strives tirelessly to solve the mystery of why his wife and child were murdered years before. The past is shown in golden-hued images of happy sunlight, while everything pictured in the present day is depicted in blue-filtered New York winter bleakness. Mark Wahlberg is more or less perfect for the role of a tough-guy rogue cop, and over the course of his super-gritty two-hour adventure, he gets to stoically stare down the barrel of a drug ring, the Russian Bond girl from Quantum of Solace, a big pharmaceutical conspiracy, and Mila Kunis pointing a gun at his head in a dark alley (imagine the voice of Meg Griffin telling you to put your hands above your head). For a movie of its type, Max Payne is a little short on excitement and heavy on pathos, and there are lots of scenes where you can't believe people (namely Beau Bridges) are still talking. But when the action sequences happen, things get flat-out ridiculous, with fantastically crazy scenes where Wahlberg takes out fully armored, machine-gun-toting SWAT team members with nothing but a handgun and a European-style leather jacket. In the end, you can't really discount the fact that as action movies, neo-noir films, and video-game adaptations go, Max Payne is pretty cool -- and definitely not like anything else. It's not exactly an amazing movie, but it unquestionably breaks the curse laid down by its predecessors (okay, mostly by Uwe Boll).

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2009
UPC:
0024543556305
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes both the theatrical version and unrated extended cut of the film; Audio commentary by director John Moore, production designer Daniel Dorrance and visual effects supervisor Everett Burrell; Featurette: Picture Documentary ; Michelle Payne graphic novel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Max Payne
Mila Kunis Mona Sax
Beau Bridges B.B. Hensley
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges James Bravura
Olga Kurylenko Natasha
Amaury Nolasco Jack Lupino
Chris O'Donnell Jason Colvin
Donal Logue Alex Balder
Kate Burton Nicole Horne
Marianthi Evans Michelle Payne

Technical Credits
John Moore Director,Producer
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Daniel Dorrance Production Designer
Scott Faye Producer
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Karnowski Executive Producer
Karen J. Lauder Executive Producer
George Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Mindy Marin Casting
Buck Sanders Score Composer
Jonathan Sela Cinematographer
Andrew M. Stearn Art Director
Beau Thorne Screenwriter
Peter Veverka Associate Producer
Rick Yorn Executive Producer
Julie Yorn Producer
Dan Zimmerman Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Max Payne
1. Drowning [1:31]
2. Cold Case Unit [2:20]
3. Nice Watch [2:23]
4. New Friends [1:17]
5. Natasha [1:17]
6. Crime Scene [2:50]
7. Connections [2:14]
8. Too Late [2:49]
9. Grief and Blame [2:50]
10. Internal Affairs [2:27]
11. Tattoo Link [2:49]
12. Unlikely Ally [4:13]
13. Valkyrie Protection [2:02]
14. Devil's Army [1:21]
15. Ten Minutes [1:32]
16. Jason Tells All [4:07]
17. Firefight [2:15]
18. Combat Edge [1:14]
19. Invincible [1:29]
20. Kingpin [1:06]
21. Not Yet [2:00]
22. Valkyr Effects [2:02]
23. On the Run [2:02]
24. Unstoppable [6:28]
25. Showdown [3:32]
26. Angel Vision [1:02]
27. End Titles [1:37]
28. Unfinished Business [2:14]
1. Drowning [1:31]
2. Cold Case Unit [2:20]
3. Nice Watch [2:23]
4. New Friends [1:17]
5. Natasha [1:17]
6. Crime Scene [2:50]
7. Connections [2:14]
8. Too Late [2:49]
9. Grief and Blame [2:50]
10. Internal Affairs [2:27]
11. Tattoo Link [2:49]
12. Unlikely Ally [4:13]
13. Valkyrie Protection [2:02]
14. Devil's Army [1:21]
15. Ten Minutes [1:32]
16. Jason Tells All [4:07]
17. Firefight [2:15]
18. Combat Edge [1:14]
19. Invincible [1:29]
20. Kingpin [1:06]
21. Not Yet [2:00]
22. Valkyr Effects [2:02]
23. On the Run [2:02]
24. Unstoppable [6:28]
25. Showdown [3:32]
26. Angel Vision [1:02]
27. End Titles [1:37]
28. Unfinished Business [2:14]

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Max Payne 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Irving_Washington More than 1 year ago
Not much to be said.

Went and saw this with a friend out of sheer boredom.

The movie was boring, barely any action, and used tired slow motion.

And the plot was lame.

I liked the first game when it came out for the PC way back when. This movie lacks any of the fun of the game. Some names are the same, and the movie tries way too hard to use the game's over the top noir grit.

It doesn't work.

The special effects were halfway decent, though.
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
lame movie it stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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moviefan101 More than 1 year ago
Max Payne was a ps2 video game that had a good storyline and a neat way of telling the story with comic style story telling and the story was some what like the punisher comic book.Now with that being said the movie itself is very little like the game.The story is the same but action is just not in your face like the game.I still like the movie for mark wahlberg playing Max Payne because he is a good acter to play him but they could have up the body count in this movie because in the game alone you kill over 200 people and the movie there maybe 30 people maybe a little less that died.I still say this is a good movie but if they do another one please dont rated it pg13 because in doing so u kind of take the whole point of max payne away by doing so.
PhantomJak More than 1 year ago
While many people may be looking at this as just another video game movie, it actually turned into a surprising treat for me. Going into it not knowing much made it all the better.

The first thing that struck me was just how well the cinematography was. I was watching it on my laptop in a dark room and it was an amazing visual treat to sit and watch. The special effects in the movie are a little over the top but that is part of the plot (read later on).

I was listening to this on a set of good over the ear headphones and it made the sound quality amazing enough to have me take notice. Some of the music made me think of looking up the soundtrack as well.

The plot is somewhat contrived. Max Payne lost his wife and child to a couple of thugs and is searching for the one that got away. It turns out all is connected back to some super addictive drug that causes people to see things from Norse mythology. Yeah, I was kind of confused about that too.

All in all I think most people might get some amusement out of renting it, but for me and those like me who like the over the top pretty movie where the love interest is already dead and the lone hero is not saving the world, but only after revenge, this movie is made for us.
Bryan_Cassiday_author More than 1 year ago
"Max Payne" is a discombobulated hodgepodge of a movie. Something about a rogue cop, Valkyries that fly through the sky and wreak all sorts of mayhem, a weird drug, and, of course, the requisite corrupt corporation, in this case, a pharmaceutical company.

Actually, I found this flick entertaining on a gut level, even though it is an incomprehensible mishmash. It moves along at a brisk clip. Mark Wahlberg is good as Max Payne. I would be hard-pressed to tell anyone what this movie is about. It seems like the writer threw in everything but the kitchen sink, unsure of what kind of movie he was writing.

"Max Payne" is part cop movie, part sci-fi, part comic book--none of which by itself adequately describes it. That's the problem: it can't make up its mind what it is. Apparently, it's based on a videogame, but that's no excuse for it to be a cobbled-together farrago posing as a movie.

--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"