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Max Payne
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02.12.2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
John Moore

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg
Mila Kunis
Beau Bridges

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Max Payne is hell bent on avenging the brutal murder of his wife and little baby and is willing to sacrifice anything to see justice be served. But three years after the murder, he stumbles upon a cover-up that will destroy everything he thought he believed in.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The Max Payne video game was actually the reason I bought a PS2. I remember being at a friendís house and seeing him play it and then running out the next day and buying the PS2 and a copy of the game. I played the game for hours/days/weeks/months and loved every second of it. But as we all know too well, a fun video game does not equate to a good movie.

There are several aspects of the film you can take issue with. For me, the three year lapse between the murder and the movie was a little long and we spent too much time trying to fill in the three year gap. Even though they wanted to pick up where the action started, it would have been a better film had we picked up the day after his family was murdered and then just jumped into it. The other big issue with the film was Mila Kunisís character. I love Kunis and I think sheís a decent actress and beautiful to boot. However, her character was nothing but a distraction. She wasnít thought out or written very well and the movie grinded to a halt every time she appeared on screen. There was also a laughable scene where Kunis was trying to shoot a gun. She looked so uncomfortable that she might as well have been throwing tomatoes at the bad guys.

Visually speaking, I loved it. I really liked the ďideaĒ of having the phantom demons haunt the addicts and I enjoyed the black and white style of filmmaking. Aside from a few lazy CGI shots, the film looked really cool. But the demon thing is tough to pull off, especially when itís not consistent. Rather than use shadows, they would have been better served using physical demons (like in the window scene). It would have heightened the intensity and given some validity to the stress the addicts were feeling.

Overall, the film is not horrible. The Max Payne video game didnít have much of a storyline anyway, so itís not like they destroyed the source material. I think they needed a simpler script and smoother action sequences, but what they had was moderately enjoyable. Donít go in expecting DIE HARD, and youíll be okay.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with John Moore, Daniel Dorrance, Everett Burrell: These guys seem like good guys, but their commentary is a little boring. They explain every aspect of just about every scene and it would have been nice to hear more of a focus on the story. I think aspiring filmmakers will get more out of this than anyone else.

Movie Featurette (59:40): This was not your typical making of featuretteÖnot by any means. John Moore was pretty funny with his anti-DVD stance. Iíd never really seen anyone take that kind of attitude, but it was refreshing. The featurette is almost filmed like a movie and was very interesting to watch. Thereís no narration and not a whole lot of dialogue, but itís pretty good.

Michelle Payne Graphic Novel (13:40): This is the slightly animated version of the Michelle Payne graphic novel. It was okay. It basically just acted out her murder, which isnít exactly the most uplifting thing to watch.

Walkthroughs and Cheats (53:24): They included some of the making of featurettes as an option within the movie. Or, you can watch them separately. These kind of follow the mentality of the longer featurette in that thereís no commentary and itís really just a camera rolling and you get to watch the people make the movie. I thought it was really cool and I had a good time watching them.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a rental if there ever was one. It has plenty of problems, but it has enough action and visuals to keep you modestly entertained.
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