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Plot: Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a police detective whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation. Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 17 Oct 2008
Great movie. Okay video game adaptation. Sadly lacking. (by bigjump_air)
I went into Max Payne with hi hopes and the movie delivered for me. At first I was confused about the angels and demons thing and how it would be related to the game. They actually make it all work very well. Its roughly related to the game as in it keeps the of the basic idea but certain scenes and characters from the game are not present : Sadly Vlad is not in the movie. They had great special effects and the mood of the movie really matched the grittiness of game. The only this that disappointed me was there wasn't enough major gun fights and any some of the bullet time sequences <more>
from the game. But don't get me wrong the movie did have bullet time in it. Just not to the extent I wanted. The shots they did have of it thought were amazing! They leave room for a second movie which I hope they do. One thing completely missing from the movie were pain killers! The signature mark in the game... oh well thou. Its not a big thing... its kinda like saying the Doom movie didn't have the health dispensers :P. Overall if your a fan of the game you will love this movie and if you haven't played the game I encourage you to and also see the movie. If not thou its still a great movie.
This film is, by far, one of the best video game adaptations that I've seen in a long time. Like the game, the film is dark, action packed and filled with lots of story.Mark Walhberg is phenomenal on screen as Max Payne and completely owns the role; the studio execs couldn't have picked a better suited actor! All the rest of the characters are well cast and contribute to making this such a fun film. Also Mila Kunis does a good job playing Mona Sax.The director did an excellent job of directing all the scenes, but he really earns credit for making several scenes and locations of the <more>
film extremely identical to the game.Those who haven't seen or played the game Max Payne will probably not like, appreciate or even understand this film or it's artistic style; it's dark and very nitty, gritty.Now normally I have some kind of nitpicking and complaining about just about any film I review, but I am at a loss of negative things to say about this film.Stunning visuals, great acting, an interesting and dark story all add up to a very well earned and well deserved 10/10. This Max Payne film delivers!
The movie deserves an 8.5/10 but since there are so many people giving 1's, and stupid votes alike, I voted 10 to try and do a minimum to balance this out. In fact I registered just to do this.Honestly , how can anyone give a 1 to this movie? I mean even if it was bad, can you not at least enjoy the direction, the visual art, the photography? Even the role-playing...I played the game, and I have played many games, and seen many game-to-movie and vice versa failures, this my friends is the first time I feel happy about one of those transitions.The original feel to the story of Max Payne <more>
comes from pure art, a masterpiece, in creativity and implementation. The scenery, the characters, the monologues, the dialogues even the action. The movie manages to transport a great part of it onto the movie scene, without exaggerating on the CGI or the action bundle, without betraying the original story nor making it impossible to understand for a newcomer.For all that I give this an 8.5 in my mind and a 10 on the db.Tata,G.
Now I know thats not saying very much since the only other good one is Hit-man in my opinion. But video game movies aside this was one the best movies i've seen all year.One thing that makes it different than most vg movies is that it actually takes time to develop a coherent plot that stays faithful to the source material. There is little action for the first hour or so and the last 30 minutes are crammed with beautifully shot action scenes and Max's Signature Bullet time. there are only 4 bullet time scenes i wish there was more seeing how often they happened in the game but they <more>
are so beautifully shot that i didn't mind.Wahlburg plays Max Payne Very well, i can't think of anyone who could have played him better. Many people have been calling this movie a rip off of sin city, don't listen to them they are just proving their stupidity by comparing that piece noir garbage to this great movie.Whether you like thriller movies or are a Max Payne fan you should find this movie throughly enjoyable.
I was a little bit skeptical about watching the movie due to the bad reviews on IMDb, but I haven't been disappointed at all! I have played the game Max Payne and I would say that the movie is very close to the spirit of the game. When I watched it, I had the impression to be replaying the game on my PC and it was more than 6 years ago . The story, the atmosphere and the personages in the movie really fit to the first Max Payne's PC game. MP is for me a good action movie and found it personally more enjoyable, than for example, shoot'em up which gets a better score than MP . <more>
Some readers gave 2/10 for no reasons... so I give it a 10 in order to balance.
Max Payne was never a game I played a lot but I knew the story and how the players praised the game for its success. I have seen people play it and I thought this movie would make to the big screen one day. When I heard of it, I was first expecting the director Uwe Boll to be behind it, when I saw he wasn't I thought this movie has potential. The trailers looked amazing, and that is how the movie turned out. The movie was slow to begin with, at one point I was ready to just leave because nothing was happening. Then the first shoot out showed up and I was hooked. The slow motion scenes <more>
make a very nice appearance, and were very well done. I am glad they were as this was one thing that made the game so great. After the boring nature of the first half comes the second half where you are blown out of your mind with intense action sequences and unexpected twists. While this is although a great movie, Silent Hill still holds the title of the bet video game movie ever. Some people liked it, some don't, that is what the reviews say at least. In my opinion you like it or you hate it, but this hit is something you don't want to miss. 9 out of 10.
A die hard fan is pleased, and here's why. (by The_Amazing_Spy_Rises)
Oh, my dreams have sort of come true. Max Payne, on film. I had prayed for months that it wouldn't stink to the high heavens like every other video game adaptation. Thankfully, Max Payne does not stink as a standalone film or adaptation, nor is it anything like the other game adaptations. John Moore's obvious goal in the film was to match the spirit, tone, and grit of the game, and I have to say that he reached it.While I was disappointed in the lack of action sequences, I think that including even half of the action from the game would have taken away from the realism of the film, as <more>
mountains of action sequences work a lot better in a game than they do on film. The film opts for a quieter tone, and a much more thoughtful and introspective approach. I appreciated this a lot, as a fan of the game. By no means is Max Payne just thrown together to make a quick buck. It is well made, and well thought out. I was not disappointed in this aspect.Mark Wahlberg, thank you for not failing. That would have ruined my year. Wahlberg delivers a quiet, yet subtle and intense performance in the title role as the most "pain" and "pun" inducing detective of all time. While there is a large supporting cast, I really wasn't swayed either way by any of them, besides Chris Bridges, who was actually playing a character for once instead of himself on screen. Mila Kunis as Mona Sax wasn't the best casting in the world, but Mila proves that it wasn't the worst casting either. There isn't as much depth to her in the film as there was in the game.As an adaptation, the Max Payne film is very different from the game in pretty much every aspect besides the tone and the characterizations. Once again, all I wanted was the tone to be right, and I got what I wanted. Though the noir aspect of the game is somewhat lacking I missed Max's inner monologue so much , I still found it to be the dark and effective thriller that the game was. A brooding performance from Wahlberg and a matching score only add to the film. Stunning visuals, engineered by the fictional hallucinogenic drug in the film, in addition to the dark cinematography, steal attention away from the fact that the film's editing is subpar.I have to bring to life the fact that Max Payne is not an action movie at heart. It is a mystery film with some action scenes and some very well done visual effects . The game may have been a shoot 'em up style game, but I know that you can't do this on film and expect to be taken seriously, which Max Payne should be.At it's core, Max Payne, despite a lot of changes from the game, remains the dark, story driven thriller that I've loved for a good part of my life. I'm proud of the film as a die hard fan of the game, and respect it for what it is as a film by itself. I'm satisfied, and not disappointed. For those who haven't played the game, Max Payne is an effective mystery film that is driven by the main character and the exposition around him. For those who will inevitably complain about a lack of action sequences, wake up and realize that Moore & company got the tone right, at the expense of necessary cuts.
Easily the best video game to movie crossover to date. (by space_base)
I got to see MAX PAYNE a day in advance due to a sneak preview screening at a local theater.And I've got to say... it was impressive to say the least. I consider MAX PAYNE and it's sequel to be my favorite games of all time, and now the movie is the best based on a video game yet produced though that's not giving it enough credit . Though the film does a few things different, it definitely compliments and stays true to the source material. John Moore, a hack director, turns in his best work to date, delivering some crisp and tense action scenes and most importantly, gets the feel <more>
for the game JUST RIGHT. There is also some stunningly gorgeous effects a digitally-altered photography to behold. Mila Kunis was slightly miscast, but Walhberg I feel was a perfect fit to Play Max. It's also good to see Beau Bridges working again, and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges proves once again he's the best rapper-turned-actor since Ice Cube Boys N the Hood and Three Kings... not the family friendly Ice Cube of recent memory.But the reviews will be terrible. Every time a movie based on a game is released, critics bash it. OK, most of the time it's justified, but here, I can assure you it won't be. Some reviews I've read are straying from the film, and talking about how games shouldn't ever be movies because they have NO emotional impact or artist and creative purpose. A: this is a completely idiotic, false, and ignorant statement, and B: this has nothing to do with the film being reviewed! SHOOT EM UP and WANTED got very strong reviews which they wouldn't have if they were based on games and they were essential video games! . MAX PAYNE is better than both of those, but will get pummeled critically do to the format it's source material is on. That's just stupid.See this movie with an opened mind. It's a very well crafted modern neo-noir.7.5/10
There's three kind of people going to see this movie. 1--People that have no idea about the game that think they're just going to watch some kind shoot-em-up mixed with a Constantine/Sin-City feel. 2--Those that have played the game and enjoyed the gameplay. 3--Those that have played the game and enjoyed the gameplay, but moreso, were mesmerized by the entire feel of the storyline; the dark noir-like cut scenes, the way Max's loss hunts him continually in an eerie way, the twisted levels with S&M induced screaming in the background of one and others with the valkyrie laced <more>
druggies wondering around, and of course, the poetic story-telling by Max himself.Now, if you are one of the first two....let's face it, the majority of you just won't get it. You won't truly appreciate the lengths the director goes to in keeping the storyline congruent with the game, but not just rip it off completely. For those of you that keep saying Clive Owen should have played Max cause he did well in Shoot-em-up....you people should be the last ones to leave a rating on here. This film is not just a mindless shooter. This film would have been another game-to-film adaptation that had zero substance if Clive Owen had played the part. And people really would have been crying "Sin-city ripoff" if he'd played the part, since he was in that one too. Now was Mark Walberg PERFECT as the role? I don't know about that. But I thought he did a really job and captured Max's demeanor quite well.I know it seems there may be no difference between liking the game for it's gameplay and then loving the game for it's story-telling, but there really is. When me and my buddy discussed the game, we always talked about how good it was simply for the mood and storyline, rather than the actual gameplay. And we both ended up really liking the movie.You have to go into this movie understanding that there's more to it than just shooting guns and bullet time. If it was just those, the movie would have gaping plot-holes and would lose it's emotion. But the director leaves equal time for every issue; The eerie mood, how obsessed Max is with finding his wife's killer s and the way it affects his relationships, the hallucinations from the drugs, the corruption in which the valkyr has led to, and, yes, even the bullet-time. There really is a lot of substance to this film. It's a murder mystery film that also incorporates some vivid action and special effects. If people would know this going into it, I think their reaction would be a lot better. Probably not much of a movie to go watch with your g/f or wife, as my buddy's wife and her friend sat there and cut up the whole time cause they weren't connecting with the movie which got on my nerves, as I was really into it .All in all, I think it was beautifully done. It set out to capture Max Payne from every angle and did just that. It took ample time to make fanatics of the game go "holy crap, that scene was straight from the game", but yet also write in some originality of it's own that worked well within the plot. As far as some of the characters, I thought every one of them played their part to near-perfection. Mila Kunis actually did surprisingly well and it was fun to see her play the femme fatale [email protected]$$. Ludicrous didn't really have that much riding on him, but he still played the part just fine and I never got the feeling of "rapper-turned-cop" from his performance unlike the way I can't stand many of Ice Cube's performances cause he's very one-dimensional . Chris O' Donell had a very short role, but I thought he played it amazingly. I haven't seen him in anything in a while, but he played the part of a corporate big-wig scared for his life very well and showed a lot of emotion in his performance in a way in which you almost feel sorry for him. Beau Bridges executed his part perfectly not much more to say about that . I even enjoyed Donal Logue's serious short role as Max's partner, Alex.Not a perfect movie, but definitely a good one, and by far the best video game-to-movie adaptation I've seen thus far.