Max Payne (Unrated Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Any film based on a first-person shooter video game should, as a rule of thumb, be full of epic shootouts on a level equal to Sergio Leone or the Wachowski Brothers, and in that regard, Max Payne is an unqualified success. Mark Wahlberg also lives up to the game's pedigree by brooding mightily as the title hero, a big city detective mourning the murder of his wife and child. Revenge is, of course, Payne's ultimate goal, and with the assistance of slinky Russian hitwoman Mila Kunis, he dishes it out in elaborate set pieces overflowing with gymnastic gun play. Viewers seeking just that and nothing more will get their money's worth from John Moore's film adaptation, and most likely be impressed by its fashionably gloomy art direction and cinematography. Those seeking a bit more than gunpowder and gristle will find Max Payne utterly derivative of a half-dozen better films (Christopher Nolan's Batman films, most notably) and violent to the point of cartoon absurdity. They may find some refuge in appealing supporting turns by Donal Logue and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges as diametrically opposed cops and Beau Bridges, who offers his usual roguish charm as Payne's former superior. --Paul Gaita
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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.
I didn't mind that the plot was full of holes (after all, the movie is based on a video game so I wasn't expecting anything profound there),but unfortunately, the worst thing about the movie is that Wahlberg, who is certainly a talented actor and who I like, just doesn't seem that involved in the role. His whole performance is somewhat wooden, and from his past roles he's certainly capable of better. He's also a quite competent martial artist and quite athletic, reminding me of Lawrence Olivier when he was young, who used to do all his own stunts, when he broke a lot of bones. My generation only remembers Olivier from his senior years' roles as an old man such as in "The Jazz Singer," and most don't know how physical he was when he was younger.
Anyway, I ramble on. I give this movie three stars for all the great action sequences, and also the cinematography is actually excellent, and in many ways quite beautiful and aesthetic in many scenes, so I want to give whoever was in charge of the camera his due. He did a great job with what was otherwise a less than stellar vehicle for Walhberg, who I hope will get some better roles in the future since he is certainly capable of more.
The cast led by Mark Wahlberg (as Max Payne) is great! The directing by John Moore (also produced) (who also directed "Behind Enemy Lines" (2001), "Flight Of The Phoenix" (2004), "The Omen" (2006, also produced) & the upcoming "Virulents" (2009) is great! The screenplay (which is based on the video game created by Sam Lake) by Beau Thorne is great!
The music by Marco Beltrami (who also did the music to "Flight Of The Phoenix" & "The Omen", also did the music to "The Eye" (2008) & "3:10 To Yuma" (2007, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score) & Buck Sanders (was an composer of additional music on "Flight Of The Phoenix", also was an electronic score producer, and score co-producer on "The Omen", also score co-producer on "The Eye" & "3:10 To Yuma") is excellent! The cinematography by Jonathan Sela (who also did the cinematography to "The Omen" & the upcoming "Powder Blue" (2009) is great! The film editing by Dan Zimmerman (who also did the film editing to "The Omen" & "AVPR - Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem" (2007), he also was an first assistant editor on "Flight Of The Phoenix") is great! The casting by Mindy Marin (who also did the casting to "Juno" (2007), "Alvin And The Chipmunks" (2007), "Wanted" (2008), "The X-Files: I Want To Believe" (2008), & the upcoming "The Day The Earth Stood Still" (2008) & "Jennifer's Body" (2009) is great!Read more ›
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As I'm a huge fan of their Console Games, this was a pretty good take on the character, Max Payne.Published 4 hours ago by Mr. Fingerz
My husband and I are huge Mark Wahlberg fans. We thought he never made a bad movie. That is until this one. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Lovetoread
idk idk I just don't know lol understood the story loved the acting but I just don't know lolPublished 1 month ago by Alpha
Love mark walhburg and he is great in this movie based on the video gamePublished 1 month ago by christina meadows
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You are not entitled to a digital code unless you buy the movie. One time use only so go buy it.
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It's a ONE TIME USE Digital Code... you didn't pay for it (you rented the movie) so you can't get it to keep for free. Buy it yourself or pay for a copy on iTunes for $14.99...
Don't mean to burst your bubble, you just need to know the way these things work.
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