Max Payne (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Max Payne
John Moore directs the hell out of the action, while Jonathan Sela's glistening photography captures the snow and rain that fall on these bloody New York streets. But you'd have to be on crack not to guess the 'surprise' finale.
Max Payne is a junkyard dog of a film that is true to its video-game roots even as it transcends them.
The filmmakers aim their cynicism more at us than at any government or drug company.
Sexy girls and lots of automatic weapons are involved in an occasionally coherent plot.
You can't help but wonder where the fine actor in The Departed and even Invincible has gone. It's not been a good year for Wahlberg: First The Happening, and now this.
Audience Reviews for Max Payne
A Payne-fully dull and predictable hard-boiled thriller occasionally interrupted by half-way decent John Woo-style action sequences.
Sort of hit or miss throughout for me. Parts were interesting, revenge is always a good story base, I know nothing about the game it's been adapted from, but feel it would have been more enjoyable to model it on the graphic novel adaptions. Some important clues were easily guessible and parts were action packed, others a little static.
I haven't played the games, of which a third is due out soon?! So I can only merit it as a film in its own right. Aware of poor reviews, I wasn't aware too much of the story behind the games, other than a cop who hands out his own rough justice. It was an interesting film but I think most expected a lot more action, or maybe more blood and violence. Instead it's more of a film noir thriller. The visuals are impressive, not just the cgi angels but the overall cinematography. The action gets better towards the end with a good shoot-out, but overall it needed a bit more throughout. A good surprising cast line up though!
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|Max Payne:||"I don't believe in Heaven. I believe in Pain. I believe in Fear. I believe in Death."|
|Max Payne:||I don't believe in heaven. I believe in pain. I believe in fear. I believe in death.|