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 answer is yours to make of course. But if you choose to watch a movie based off a video game abit, then you won't be disappointed in this movie about Max Payne.
The only thing I hate is that after many years after this movie, they still haven't made a sequel.
To stop the mass murders in our country, nowadays folks want to ban guns, and barely mention mental health issues. The real focus, as touched on in this movie, is the evil of legal and illegal psychotic drugs which are manufactured, marketed, distributed, and consumed by Americans who have been socially engineered through their medical physicians and media that they "Need This Drug!" to be normal. Folks are going wacked out of their minds with these drugs, which are also being pushed on innocent children, with the consent of their parents or guardians.
Not one American politician or major news medium has consistently spoken out against the abuses of the Pharmaceutical Industry to stop the mass murders. Why? Because their pockets are lined with special interest DRUG MONEY, either through PACS or through commercials.
This Drug Money is Blood Money—and they will be Judged By God for the innocent blood of children which is on their hands.
Meanwhile, at least through this movie we can imagine and wish for a Anti-Drug Company President. “Just Say No!”, and say YES to a firearm-totting, butt kicking dude like Max Payne for President!
...Chappy (aka GhillieMan)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
as a lover of a good action flick, when it comes to this one I have to say it's "ok"Published 8 days ago by David B Stewart
Are you a big fan of Max Payne franchise game and you haven't watch the movie then YOU NEED TO BUY THIS MOVIE.Published 19 days ago by charles05
Like the title states it is ok. This is not a negative review but that it is worth for video for the rental price and not for the movie house.Published 1 month ago by Cronus
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