Excerpt: Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) is a veteran police detective who not only battles crime, but his own inner demons and his dark past. Payne lost his wife and child in a horrific murder, forced to watch as three criminals slaughtered his loved ones. He was able to track down two of the attackers, but the third has eluded his reach. His life has become consumed with vengeance, making him blind to the rest of what goes on around him.
Excerpt: is honestly a bit of a mess, but at least it’s a fun mess. Wahlberg plays the titular cop who works the cold case files of the NYPD while grieving over the mysterious unsolved murder of his wife, Michelle (Mariantha Evans), and their baby daughter. Always on the look out for new leads, Max makes an unannounced appearance at a party behind held by Trevor Duncan, a man he often leaned on for information in the past.
Excerpt: It isn't just style over substance, but style over decent storytelling and filmmaking that makes "Max Payne" an embarrassment to a genre that's already delivered some of the worst movies of the last ten years.
Excerpt: Many of the recent American film disasters have been based on video games. While Max Payne may not lower itself to the level of a House of the Dead , there’s still very little to recommend about this sluggish and oftentimes confusing film translation. An unclear narrative is an immediate turn-off. The rapid-fire story flies by with little explanation, lackluster character development, and an unclear narrative.
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: 'Max Payne' is not a very good movie, nor a particularly memorable videogame adaptation. It does have enough action and silliness that a rental may be in order for fans of the genre, but that's hardly a sterling recommendation. This Blu-ray earns high marks, however, for its fine video and even better audio, plus a raft of supplements and exclusives. Too bad 'Max Payne' just isn't a better flick.
Conclusion: Max Payne is a routine video game-turned-movie adaptation that sees about equal parts of good and bad. The film succeeds as a character study of a man coping with the loss of his family; works well enough, though not memorably, as an action picture; and fails in trying to be too much rather staying focused, particularly with regards to the super-solider and pseudo-supernatural angles.
Excerpt: It's theoretically still true that Mark Wahlberg is a promising, talented actor, but his movie output this year has mostly served as argument to send him away forever. The Happening and now Max Payne have featured Wahlberg as a blank-eyed everyman trying, and failing, to make sense out of the silliest plot possible.