Max Payne [2008] Movie Review Recommendation

Max Payne [2008]

They chose Mark Wahlberg to play Max Payne, a troubled police detective, haunted by the memories of his dead family… Not the smartest thing. Yeah, he looks like him, but he just does not have the capacity to revive this video game character. Anywhoo, lets get on with the review, featuring great production values, which means fucking awesome effects, especially of snow and winged demons Max Payne is one of those movies that you will see and then forget. OK story, with classic elements, murder, army experiments, weird drugs, and troubled hot ladies, make this movie pretty good (let’s forget Mark Wahlberg for second, at least he did not fuck it up as bad as in The Happening, we are okay, let me sing to you, yuck…). Sucre from Prison Break and Mila Kunis from That ’70s Show gave pretty good performances, especially Sucre (Amaury Nolasco), and to sweeten the deal Olga Kurylenko from Quantum of Solace, is yummy here…

Max Payne [2008] Movie Review Recommendation PosterAfter this pretty hectic intro, let me clear things up. This is a movie based on a video game Max Payne. I remember when it came out and how I was simply blown away with the so called “bullet-time” where you would slow down time and shoot anyone who was stupid enough to happen near you. The story was a neo noir love affair and the whole thing screamed big screen. Max is a veteran police detective and after the murder of his family, he became obsessed with finding the killers. His quest leads him a very dangerous journey through the underworld of New York. This movie needed to be directed by someone who truly loved the game because if you’re looking for a quick buck, the movie will turn out pretty dull. Luckily, this adaptation is bearable. This is all thanks to nostalgia, great special effects and decent atmosphere. The characters are pretty one dimensional with the main story unfolding at a wobbly pace that would be much more damaging if the atmosphere wasn’t this thick neo-noir fog that somehow obscures most of the mistakes. In the end, if you’re hungry for some visually appealing, easygoing neo noir flick, Max Payne will do just fine. At least the guys who are going to try to do this again know what not to do and what to do. Enjoy.

Director: John Moore

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Amaury Nolasco, Olga Kurylenko

Fun Stuff: Mark Wahlberg never played the video game as he didn’t want to become addicted, and felt the script connected him to the story enough. What a retard…


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