Mark Wahlberg delivers an explosive performance in this action-packed thriller based on the legendary, hard-hitting video game. Max Payne is a maverick cop with little regard for rules and nothing left to lose. Hell-bent on revenge, he's determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family, but his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmarish journey where dark fantasy collides with stark reality. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world...and face an unthinkable betrayal that will drive him to the edge of his own sanity.
Wow The best thing about this film is the front picture on the DVD case. Look in the dictionary under the word Derivative(don't rely on my spelling) and you should see the title of this film. From the cliche` and at the same time badly scripted setup to the copycat special effects. This was Soo awfull I watched to the end expecting a twist as I could not believe it could be simply that bad. Perhaps Mr Warlberg just got lucky with his career choices upto now, because if this his idea of money spinning franchise boy is he of the mark!
- Max Payne review by Jawbreaker
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Max Payne takes its inspiration from the video game series, but doesn’t follow either of the two titles closely. Instead Moore has harvested some of the elements and tried to weave a new, more sustainable adventure for the big screen, with more emphasis on the supernatural. The end result is mixed, as even the games themselves were extremely shallow affairs with a heavy slant of violence. Mark Wahlberg takes the lead role; seeking his family’s killer, blasting his way through any potential clues to pinpoint those responsible. The production standard is high, far in excess of most video game adaptations. Payne is beautifully shot and captures the gritty film noir feel that made the games so popular. In developing Max Payne the script writers have lost some of its originality and infused it characteristics we’ve seen countless times elsewhere. The end result is something that is by no means a terrible video game adaptation, just merely average.