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  • Dark
    I've played the game, briefly and watched the game be played. I thought they followed the spirit of the game very well. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, though they could have thrown a little more of Max's morbid humor into it. Still, I don't understand what everyone is complaining about? The actors did well, the special effects were pretty good...I would recommend it to those that like a gothic/rogue police movie....more info
  • Not nearly as good as the game
    Kinda like the game but not nearly as good. Seemed really out there to me. Todays movie writers dont know how to make good movies....more info
  • Even worse than I could possibly have imagined...
    Max Payne was HORRIBLE. I went into it expecting little to nothing, after all, with Wahlberg in it how good could it be right? Well, even with the bar set as low as it could be, the movie was actually even worse. It was almost as if big parts of the movie, the ACTION PARTS, were cut out, so we only got like half the story. What a terrible TERRIBLE movie. The ending was OK, but didn't begin to make up for the rest of the disaster. It's too bad also, because Mila Kunis was in it and her role was a complete waste. Seeing her fire a machine pistol should have been so much nicer, but it just wasn't. Like one other reviewer said, it would be hard to tell anybody what the movie was about because it just kind of aimlessly rambled on and on. I wanted to see this in the theater but at the last minute chickened out as the reviews started coming in about how horrible it was. I'd have been furious if I had paid good money to buy this on DVD. Thank goodness I only paid $1 to rent this from a Red Box. ...more info
  • NeoNoirFilm Wallpaper Visuals Sonic Treats BD Tops
    Although it seemed like a snack from the SPIRIT, I enjoyed The PAYNE and it was a great A/V experience. These discs get better every time; the BD quality that is! The film is electronic also. I think that it is trying to look like a Detective film from the 40s or 50s and looks like the New York City of that period. A Digital Noir Game Graphic novel film with a less obtrusive, more casual 'look' than "Sky Captain' & 'Sin City' also, less creativity and still has a plot and low key and likable characters plus a gothic sci-fi twist. And it will rattle your windows. ...more info
  • based on the game's "easy" setting
    this movie has little to nothing to do with max payne the game other than the character of max payne. the plot, bad guys, and most of the story elements are pretty random.

    but my biggest problem with this movie is that I can outshoot 90% of the people in it. to paraphrase an old expression, if these guys were shooting at turds they wouldn't get a whiff. there's a scene where max is charging through a building when a bad guy jumps out, getting the drop on him and fires a shotgun from about 5 feet away. and catches him with a couple pellets in the shoulder. speaking as a guy who knows anything, HOW DO YOU WING SOMEONE WITH A SHOTGUN FROM 5 FEET!!!!

    aside from the difficulty slider being stuck in the down position the plot is something that even a video game addict like myself thinks is a real stretch to beleive. it reminds me of the old batman movies, seriously he's just missing the rubber nipples. ...more info
  • Supersoldier redux
    This is a good retelling of the government's, chemically-induced super-soldier gone wrong, but not terminally. Worth the price. ...more info
  • Max Payne
    Great Item, outstanding discreption of item, and other information about product. Item exactly as promised....more info
  • Good
    I bought this movie because I wanted to watch it and didn't want to go and track it down at some redbox. Not quite what I was looking for but it turned out to be a good movie. Can't wait for the sequel....more info
  • Let their be Payne.
    I came into this movie with very low expectations after reading reviews from out of touch critics, but I was blown away with the visuals, bullet time, action, and special effects. Sure it could of had more action but the beginning of the movie was character development. It seems like most people were expecting action on the level of "Shoot Em Up", but we have to understand that Max Payne's story is a little more deeper then that. Its about a man who is being tormented at the fact that the murderers of his wife and child are at large, and he will stop at nothing until he seeks his vengeance. The only criticism I give it is that the fight with Sgt Lupino was cut short by a bullet, they should have let them fight to the death. I have to say that this movie is one of the best if not the best video game adapted movie, although "Hitman" was right up there as well. Remember the Matrix the first hour and half was nothing but story and character development, but when the action kicked in it was incredible. I smell a sequel if anybody stayed after the credits of this movie would know that. Max Payne isn't finished! ...more info
  • AN OK FILM THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH BETTER
    MAX PAYNE

    It seems that while most movies based on a game are usually poorly received [and usually for good reason] Hollywood continues to make these movies in hopes that fans of the game will come out to see the movie. Now I am not one of those people who are against this concept as I have enjoyed most of those movies, including this one. Now this film is far from a classic and to be honest isn't great but it is good. I tend to turn the old brain off when watching any movie because I like to be entertained, but at the same time you can't like everything. This movie is one of those that you really want to be great but it just ends up as ok.

    The story follows Max Payne a man on a mission and that mission is finding the person who killed his wife, he already got some. Max makes his way through the city, the suburbs, and even ice filled water all in hopes of catching this guy, and to be fair he wasn't in that last place by choice. It seems that there are demons running around killing people or maybe that is just a drug, don't worry I really am not ruining anything for you. From here he moves on to one clue after another with some girl helping him along the way who at one time wanted him dead. Also he has a cop or two on his side or so it seems, once again not ruining a thing since you get all this right off the bat.

    The thing about this movie is it just seems underwhelming I guess is the way to explain it because you really want to like it. I enjoyed the games and I have always like Mark Wahlberg and I liked the director's work on films like "Behind Enemy Lines" so I really wanted to love this film. The thing is it just doesn't feel right and as far as video game adaptations go I would say this is not in the top ten. But on the positive side the film looks wonderful and the effects are great, I like that they kept the slow motion style shootouts like on the game. Also the look of the film is great because I have always liked those dark looking films with snow, don't know why but it just looks cool. Speaking of which the shot were Max kills the dude on top of the building is excellent because they actually show the snow on top of the gun, and when he follows the gun once again it just looks cool.

    Director John Moore just seems like he didn't get the game and didn't know how to properly translate that style to the screen, other than the slow motion stuff of course. The direction in this film seemed uneven and the film just moves along with that style. Writer Beau Thorne is also up for blame with the uneven feel because the script was obviously lacking in certain departments. The thing that really ways his script down is that you see every thing coming, does that make sense? But to be fair to both of them this is far from the worst movie ever made and is not even the worst video game movie ever. Also depending on if you like it or not there is a lot of style in this film, it looks smooth as ever.

    As far as the acting it is ok I guess seeing that they didn't have much to work with so maybe they could have done much better with different material. Mark Wahlberg is good as the lead as one would expect but I always thought the character would be played by a much more rough looking guy kinda like what they did with "Punisher: War Zone". Mila Kunis is actually pretty entertaining in this film but she is not used enough. Beau Bridges is ok in this but his character just need to be more evil if you know what I mean, even though you see it coming you would expect more from that character. Nelly Furtado makes her film debut with this film as Bridges wife, she does a good job with her small role. Speaking of musicians' rapper Ludacris is ok in this, Amaury Nolasco is good as a crime boss and Chris O'Donnell is good in this as well.

    This movie is not as bad as it sounds because it is entertaining enough for a rental at least. Who knows you may like this movie so I recommend every at least see the movie, either on TV or rent it or whatever. Like I said before this is not the worst movie ever just don't expect much from this film. And for all the action nuts out there this does have a decent amount of action but not as much as you would think.

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  • Ungodly awful
    A big-screen take on Max Payne had been in the works for some time, and now that it has finally come to fruition, we should all be wishing that it never did in the first place. Mark Wahlberg plays the title character; a down and out cop who hasn't been the same since the deaths of his wife and child. Could a strange drug that's hit the streets have something to do with it, as well as far ranging conspiracy involving an evil company? You bet! What made the Max Payne video game so good was its noir-ish undertones, graphic novel-esque presentation, and blood-pumping moments of action. The Max Payne movie has little to none of the aforementioned, and instead settles for some atrocious acting, terrible dialogue, watered down action, a confusing story, and an overabundance of CGI-animated winged creatures that end up not amounting to much of anything to do with what's going on; and the end result is a film that bears little to no resemblance to the video game other than the uses of character names. Wahlberg is just awful as Max Payne, which is what's probably the most disappointing. The man can act, just watch The Departed, Invincible, or Boogie Nights, but you'd never know that it's the same guy here. The rest of the cast, including Beau Bridges, Chris O'Donnell, Ludacris, Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, Donal Logue, The Wire's Jamie Hector, and a mis-cast Mila Kunis as Mona Sax; are either equally bad or just plain wasted in their roles. The sad part is that this flick had potential to be one of those ever so few good video game adaptations, but alas, this is what we get. All in all, no matter how much of a fan you may be of the video game, the Max Payne movie is not only massively disappointing, but is a just plain awful flick that isn't worthy of your time or attention. ...more info
  • Ungodly awful
    A big-screen take on Max Payne had been in the works for some time, and now that it has finally come to fruition, we should all be wishing that it never did in the first place. Mark Wahlberg plays the title character; a down and out cop who hasn't been the same since the deaths of his wife and child. Could a strange drug that's hit the streets have something to do with it, as well as far ranging conspiracy involving an evil company? You bet! What made the Max Payne video game so good was its noir-ish undertones, graphic novel-esque presentation, and blood-pumping moments of action. The Max Payne movie has little to none of the aforementioned, and instead settles for some atrocious acting, terrible dialogue, watered down action, a confusing story, and an overabundance of CGI-animated winged creatures that end up not amounting to much of anything to do with what's going on; and the end result is a film that bears little to no resemblance to the video game other than the uses of character names. Wahlberg is just awful as Max Payne, which is what's probably the most disappointing. The man can act, just watch The Departed, Invincible, or Boogie Nights, but you'd never know that it's the same guy here. The rest of the cast, including Beau Bridges, Chris O'Donnell, Ludacris, Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, Donal Logue, The Wire's Jamie Hector, and a mis-cast Mila Kunis as Mona Sax; are either equally bad or just plain wasted in their roles. The sad part is that this flick had potential to be one of those ever so few good video game adaptations, but alas, this is what we get. All in all, no matter how much of a fan you may be of the video game, the Max Payne movie is not only massively disappointing, but is a just plain awful flick that isn't worthy of your time or attention. ...more info
  • Brooding, bleak, and boring.
    Have you ever noticed how nefarious accented gentlemen always sit behind their desks sharpening their knives? How minor characters who haven't gotten very far in their lives (say, a down-and-out tattoo artist) always seem to know crucial historical details that the more educated investigators can't seem to figure out for themselves? How the investigators suddenly discover evidence at the most crucial moment, despite the fact that it's been right under their nose (as they themselves are fond of saying) the entire movie? How one man with a pistol (who never reloads) manages to survive an assault by an entire team of machine gun wielding sharpshooters?

    "Max Payne" features all of these action movie cliches and more. There's a plot in here, somewhere: a detective still trying to solve his wife's murder, stumbles upon to a case that, golly gee, just so happens to coincide with that one relatively minor case a while back. And, thrown into the mix, are a bunch of tattooed creeps and a very attractive woman who likes to wear leather.

    The problem with "Max Payne" isn't that it's a mindless action movie with no soul whatsoever (I'm pretty sure it doesn't even have a pulse); the problem is the film takes itself way too seriously, and actually tries to be something more than it is--indeed, more than it ever could be. Wahlberg has the brooding detective role down pat; he played it to perfection in "The Departed;" after his Oscar-nominated performance in that film, he seems to have resigned himself to making dull, unremarkable movies that completely waste his talent. Amaury Nolasco is chilling and menacing enough, but he's playing a role that's been played in pretty much every other action movie ever filmed. Mila Kunis is a talented comedic actress, and she looks great in black, but she should really stick to what she's good at; all she can do here is look menacingly at her costars and spit out lines that are far below her. Olga Kurylenko, the latest Bond girl, should simply go back to modeling.

    So, to sum everything up: "Max Payne" could have been a great waste of time (a mindless popcorn flick with some great action and an interesting plot), but alas, it's merely a mindless romp with no real point to it. There's nothing new, nothing really interesting. The only thing this movie will leave you wondering is: Why the HELL has Mark Wahlberg decided to only make crappy films now?...more info
  • film noir with a standard villian
    As this is a high budget movie you really can expect alot more from it than it's low budget contemporaries. However this movie shines on blu ray with awesome special effects. The film is a ok film noir movie and it does have elements from the video game without being like a video game ; the recent "wanted" is more like one than this movie. THat would be fine except they rely on the corrupt betrayer who can
    be seen from very early on. This traitor/betrayer theme has made many hollywood movies fall into a cynical trap, sure these betrayals happen but unfortunately they can't seem to make decent villians who are NOT
    part of the team, force or a friend like they used to. THis ruined the Mission Impossible movies which failed to even feature a team in any of them! Just traitors and inside badies. The actors all do a decent job at their average type action noir roles,
    especially the underrated Beau Bridges. This isn't a bad movie though and the drug that enslaves people
    is all too close to the reality of meth (also known of the streets as the drug on fools.) It's worth watching on blu ray and if you are into film noir and don't care about the video game aspect. This does feature people flying when hit by shotgun blasts which does not happen in reality however. And that is videogamish to say the least but It doesn't do the game justice in many respects. If you can't Enjoy this as a ok film noir movie with a origin in a video game then you won't be happy owning this one. ...more info
  • Max Payne
    I thought it was a pretty good movie. It starts off a little slow but by the end I was hoping a sequel was in the works. It differs from the game's storyline but the basic premise is there. ...more info
  • Suspend disbelief and enjoy!
    The Blu-ray Disc includes the Theatrical Version and the Unrated, Extended Cut. We watched the 'Extended Cut' and were not disappointed. They spared no change in producing this film. If you want to see the best your Blu-ray system can deliver, then look no further. It was extraordinarily beautiful---almost 3D like. I'm left to think of some of the snow scenes and how I felt I could reach out and capture the giant snowflakes---how I reached for a throw, suddenly feeling a chill.

    I thought Mark Wahlberg did a splendid job portraying Payne. I was immediately drawn into the storyline with him seeking those responsible for the brutal murders of his wife and baby and how he was willing to die to avenge their deaths. His grief and anger were palpable and justifiable.

    I've enjoyed Max Payne video games and I don't feel that they did an injustice to the gaming fans, with this production. I could easily translate Mark Wahlberg's character and the setting, into that of the games.

    I did have to suspend disbelief regarding the pharmaceutical company and, 'the drug.' This is why I took off one star. For example, every person who takes a hallucinogenic drug will not have the same hallucinations, so I was a little baffled by the big winged creatures that appeared to be everyone's' side-effect, but they looked really cool, so I almost forgive them.

    Several have said they felt there were slow moments, but I have to say I was on the edge of my seat for the entire 103 minutes. Perhaps I would not have felt so positive about the movie, itself, if it had not been such a spectacular AV experience. But considering the complete package, I do recommend you give it a try. You might want to rent it first, before buying, since this one seems rather polarizing with folks either liking it a lot, or hating it. ...more info
  • 2 ? Stars: Too Much Style and Very Little Substance
    A review of the Unrated Director's Cut:
    Video game to movie adaptations are almost a dime a dozen. Sure, there have been more misses than hits. I liked the movie adaptation of "Silent Hill", have very mixed feelings about the "Resident Evil" franchise, and I thought the recent "Hitman" adaptation was quite mediocre. So I decided to check out this latest video game adaptation of "Max Payne"--I mean I know it's going to be mediocre, so how bad can it really be? Well, I haven't played the video game, so I cannot make a comment how faithful it is to its source material, I am rather betting that it is VERY "loosely based". Otherwise, I would wonder how the video game became a hit, because this film is definitely not. While comic book adaptations have achieved respect from Hollywood, it seems like video game franchises have not.

    A brooding detective named Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) is working the cold case files in the hopes of finding his wife's murderer. His wife and child were killed by a trio of junkies and while he killed two of them, one is still out there. One night, he hooks up with a beautiful girl named Natasha (Olga Kurylenko) and the next day, she is found cut to many pieces. She had Max's wallet in her hand which prompted his former partner Alex (Donal Logue) to cover for him and ends up dead. Natasha's sister Mona (Mila Kunis) is a mob assassin who comes looking for Payne, and the situation gets worst as they decide to pool their resources. Max finds out that his wife's murder three years ago, may be linked to the pharmaceutical company she used to work for. There is a designer drug out in the streets that causes confidence and calmness all the more feeling invincible--this drug was meant for the use of the military to strengthen morale but dumped because of its hallucinogenic side effects. Now, Max must find a soldier named Lupino to uncover the truth--but the truth may just lead him to a family friend named BB (Beau Bridges)...

    The problems with the film is the fact that the screenplay by Beau Throne feels very befuddled. Nothing special really happens and the film is downright predictable. The links to Natasha's killing and Max's wife feels like a throw-away detail, a drug with military potential is used as a designer drug, a huge corporation wishing to make a profit out of a mistake, a murdered partner, betrayal by a family friend, all are overused ideas. Ok, I'll try to be nice, there are a lot of movies that follow the same formulas but the way the script is structured in this movie is just so empty and dull. The film just throws out the routine cop with a mission of vengeance with a very hollow execution as director John Moore (responsible for the abysmal Omen remake) opts for a repetitive narrative as the film goes on. There is nothing daring, exciting or dramatic in the proceedings, all it does is go through the entire motivations and Max's intentions over and over again. The film doesn't offer anything inventive and feels like the film's script has been rewritten hundreds of times.

    For reasons unknown, the film doesn't even develop on its remaining aces. Mila Kunis' character is so severely underused--Her promise as a supreme hot girl with a big gun goes nowhere. The film's opening act with the potential for "Norse Valkyries" as a soldier's guardian angel was pitched into the plot but abandoned, in favor of a lame idea of a corporate scheme to make profit out of a failed drug that uses it as idolatry. Voluptuously sexy ex-Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko has a very small role and disappears before her presence can inspire excitement from the male audience. (sorry no sex or nudity here) The film also leaves a lot of things unresolved and undeveloped, it`s predictability and clich¨¦s do hurt the film. The images of the valkyries only end up as "eye-candy" as Max shoots his way to the final showdown in the midst of visions of Valhalla on Earth.

    The action isn't that good either. Director Moore uses an over-abundant use of slow motion in an attempt to look cool and emulate a "matrix-like" style. The gunfights also have that Asian inspiration as Max leaps, and avoids bullets with ease--either he's really good or these bad guys just supremely suck. The cinematography of the film is nice and emulates a moody and gloomy atmosphere (what is up with this style?). The CGI generated environment is pretty and looks cool. The camera work by Jonathan Shea is decent and the special effects weren't bad as Max rampages through the cosmic hallucinations to reach his end goal. Unfortunately, whatever the film achieved visually is overshadowed by the film's flaws that all the special effects and gorgeous set designs just couldn't save the film from becoming a lost. It does make it more acceptable but not by much.

    Mark Wahlberg is a decent lead, I liked him in "The Departed" and "Shooter". The man isn't the best performer but he did what he could with whatever little he has to work with. Beau Bridges makes for a ungainly antagonist-- his character is just so underwhelming and uninteresting that you wonder what the fuss was all about. Meg Griffin is also severely underused and her character is left hanging (maybe hints of a sequel?) The film does have some humble pay off amid all the bad screenplay, and it would have helped for more developed characters.

    I suppose the film's enjoyment would depend on just how much of a fan you are of the video game. The film is a just a decent visual feast and so below the standards of a great action flick--that it fails even more as below average video game adaptation. Director John Moore almost does turn the tables but it was just too little, too late. The film is full of unnecessary prattle and so little excitement. The film is a brainless attempt and you may want to take a nap until the eye candy effects take over in the final act. It is a supreme exercise of too much STYLE over very little substance.

    RENTAL [2 ? Stars]
    Note: There is nothing special about the unrated cut except for the extra bloody clouds when a bullet hits its target.
    Video/Audio: 2.35 ratio anamorphic widescreen. Beautiful transfer--clean, black levels are strong and solid. The colors are intentionally muted to give it a noir-like feel. 5.1 Dolby Digital track is very clear and powerful.
    Extras: I didn't bother but it does look interesting, as Moore explains why he diverted from the source material.


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  • RENTAL FOR SURE!
    This movie was okay... saw it in theaters. Did not care for it much. It was actually very slow in most parts, and was boring for me. I am a big MW fan, however this movie does not cut it for me. Definately will not be in my movie library. Check out Shooter, Invincible, Fear, Four Brothers, Rockstar, or the Italian Job for MW movies!...more info
  • MP finally on my blueray!!
    This movie has it all!
    I mean the look and feel of the game is captured so damn good that you almost forget to watch the movie :P especially on the blu-ray cause it was simply amazing to watch! alot of people bitch about the pg13 standard and yes MPAA for giving this movie that stamp.
    cause the rated-r version is the one to watch!
    5/5 and the ending "after the credits" left it wide open for a sequel so fingers crossed people :D!...more info
  • max payne
    excellent condition and playing quality liked the movie, but expected more action to be in it than there was...more info
  • Great Movie for fans of the game
    Great Movie for fans of the game
    Although there was not nearly the action that the game had. The movie tended to be pretty slow. Die hard fans will still enjoy the film...more info
  • Worth the 4$ - you might want to watch again though..
    I watched this movie on a plane, missed out on last 10 min and that made me watch the whole movie again on Amazon. It is that good. There are Arnold Schwarzenegger moments in there, enjoy them, take in the mostly ongoing action. This movie makes you want to be Max at the end. I'd like to be Max. Links in a way to Boondock Saints. Destroy all that is evil....more info
  • decent
    everything about this is average. none of it is bad, but it is entertaining and stylish. watch it if your a fan of any of the actors or the video game, its worth a look. ...more info
  • Max Payne
    Great Movie,Full of Excitement.Hope they make another one.He really is good for this part.I had watched it before i bought it,thats why I wanted it to keep....more info
  • Max Payne (The first out of at least a sequel, I hope)
    Did you play the Max Payne computer games? Did you like the films "Sin City" and/or "300"? Are you male? Are you fond of dark brooding film noir? Are you European or influenced by European mythology? Religious? No? Then forget about this and stop reading this review, you won't like it and you'll waste a couple of hours in your, I have to say, strange life. If you did and/or are any (hopefully all) of the previous mentioned things and attributes, then reviewing this film is rather meaningless, since I can promise you that you'll love it! I've watched it several times now, and I love it. I never really understood why this film got such a relatively low rating in various media. Then again, having some 50 year old movie reviewer who's never played the games and abhors violence in movies judge whether this is a good film or not, seems pretty absurd to me.

    Make sure you get the unrated extended edition, though, and preferably watch it in blu-ray on your HD television, so you get to enjoy this visually stunning film at its best. The bonus material is also very interesting, containing both a graphic novel reminiscent of the games about Michelle Payne and two rather extensive documentaries on the making of the film. The transition from game to film of course makes this something different from the games, but all in all I think they manage to capture that dark wintery feeling of one man's struggle against corporate evil steeped in references to north-Germanic mythology. Both the two Bridges and Wahlberg bring some great acting to the film, and Miss Kurylenko isn't exactly uneasy on the eyes.

    Don't expect to watch the game before your eyes, but just let loose to this excellent action movie and enjoy it to the max. My girlfriend surprisingly enjoyed it as well, so I guess my male-flick theory isn't written in stone. Enjoy! 5 stars....more info
  • NeVeR ReCeiVeD
    This service was such a long & tedious one that I will never again purchase anything from amazon. It has been OVER a month & I have still yet to receive my complete order. Not only is the process so long & drawn out, amazon promises discounts yet only if it is Not involved with third party so when u think you're actually getting a deal, in reality you are not. I might as well have purchased all of my movies from walmart, I would rather pay the difference from there than trying to rely on an unreliable service. God Bless. ...more info
  • Max Payne
    This is a very good movie! Over the top!! Great for all those who love action packed movies with an excellent plot and twists. For those who buy the DVD, it has both the theatrical and the unrated director's cut and for those who don't know yet, there is an extra scene after the credits that leaves the door open for another Max Payne movie. ...more info
  • Top Notch Action Thriller
    !!!WARNING: SPOILERS!!!

    Lately, I've grown tired of going to the theaters and shelling out 8 bucks a person to see a film that more than likely will end up in a video store a few months later that I can then watch on my big screen in the comfort of my own home. But Max Payne was different. I've played through the first game more than once, watched all the trailers, and had to see it on opening night. Needless to say, I was really surprised. The movie was well-paced, dark and gritty, and one of the best movies I've seen in a long while. I've watched it again just recently on the Special Edition and enjoyed it even more.

    I was on the fence for awhile on whether to give this a 4- or 5-star rating, and finally decided to settle with 4 for a couple of reasons:
    1. I applaud the movie in taking the direction that it did, knowing that it would not follow the game exactly, but so much had changed that I had to sit back and wonder why. Couldn't they have at leat kept some of the more supporting characters, such as the Mafia? The relationship between Max, the Mafia, and the Russian Mob is integral to the plot and partially the reason for the game's sequel.
    2. BB listed as the main villain. This one's a minor afterthought, although I do like how Beau Bridges has the name BB in it (did anybody other than me catch this?). At first I wasn't sure he fit the part, but as the movie progressed, and events unfolded, he started to fit in nicely. However, he always felt like a secondary villain in the movie; and technically he is, considering that Nicole Horn is pulling the strings. So why on earth would they make him the last person Max Payne had to contend with? Aside from playing the game and seeing the graphic novel feature included with the Special Edition, you would have known Nicole was corrupt but never know whether she pulled the strings on Michelle's murder or not. And the only thing revealed in the scene after the credits is that her company's profits sky-rocketed. So what? Are they going to stop her from making a buck, do they have evidence linking her to the murders, anything? No, just that her profits are up. I really think they could have wrapped up the movie by having her die at the end, like in the game, but for whatever reason chose to keep her alive.

    In any case, the positives far outweighted the negatives, the action was top-notch (never overdone), and the atmosphere was perfect. My only question is that when, and if, a sequel comes out will the sequel be based on the game's sequel (in which Nicole is already dead), or follow a completely different storyline, one in which Nicole is still alive?

    One possible suggestion is that they are planning a trilogy of some sort. The first sequel would perhaps be the second part of the first game (revealing the Mafia, the Mob, and Nicole's involvement and finally her death), and the second sequel would continue the story of the second game....more info
  • There needs to be an option for zero stars.
    Unbelievably horrible. I don't even mean just as an adaptation of the (awesome) games... this is as far from good as one can possibly get on every imaginable level. No redeeming factors whatsoever. So bad you can't even have fun mocking it....more info
  • Drags some
    Wahlberg is good. The snow floating down through 95% of the movie makes for good ambience. Some of the action scenes are very good. The supporting caste iss good. The main problems of the movie are the pacing and the plot holes. The movie is not logically consistent in its own universe. Everybody has the same hallucinations on the drug. Beau Bridges's character confesses to killing Payne's wife; however, we see the killer scamper through a bedroom window through flashbacks. I don't think Beau could ever move that fast.

    Some scenes in the movie are really cool. When Max takes the drug, the snowflakes turn into flaming cinders. The shootout in the office building is done very well.

    In summary, don't pay too much to see this and be prepared to wonder if the movie is really worth your time....more info
  • If you haven't played the game you wouldn't understand.
    I see so many reviews here from people that never played the game and don't understand the story. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. Could it have been better? Yes, but I think they got the atmosphere spot on. The movie had so many elements from the game that it was like seeing an old friend. There was a fine attention to detail and many of the scenes in the movie were direct references to the game. If you didn't play the game then you wouldn't understand why the story is the way it is and why the movie is the way it is. It's not real life, it's a noire fantasy world and a good story. Max Payne could've been better, but it met my expectations. I've played and beat both of the games, so this was especially enjoyable for me. A lot of why the movie is the way it is, is because of the game and the way it is. Anyone that gives this a poor review based on what they expect from a typical movie is missing the point of the game and the story that goes along with it....more info
  • Another Failed Adaptation
    If there is any positive factor I can say while watching this movie, it was the special effects used, especially during the hallucination scenes that would take place before death.

    Unfortunately, special effects alone do not make a good movie. It seems that the production team just scrapped a summary of the video game series and the characters and used it to form the movie. The plot is jumbled up and doesn't make sense, and when the acting is completely sub-par, it just makes things worse. Mark Wahlberg comes off as one-dimensional throughout the film, seeming like he just wanted to walk through this and get it over with. I wouldn't blame him if that's true, because I just wanted this to finally end once and for all. The action is minimal; there are more flashbacks and hallucinations. When there is action, it just mindlessly spoofs The Matrix (when Wahlberg shoots backwards at his enemy).

    Wahlberg himself said that he had no intention to play the games; he would have been surprised to see how different the movie is to the games. A completely wrong step that I do not recommend, even for those that are unfamiliar with the series. ...more info