Max Payne

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Max Payne

John Moore (3) (2008)

95min
15 Certificate
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Max Payne is yet another big-screen adaptation of a video game that fails to impress. Mark Wahlberg, who can sometimes be unexpectedly good, is at his inert worst as a stony-faced, grieving New York cop seeking revenge for the murders of his wife and child. He goes about this grim business against the clich├ęd backdrop of a standard-issue urban dystopia so permanently murky it's tempting to conclude the power workers all got depressed and stayed at home. There's also a subplot that revolves around a drug that conjures up giant winged demons, which may or may not be real. The gimmick of the computer game was that the player could slow down time at certain points. The movie, despite its flashy visuals, manages the same trick - its 90-odd-minute running time feels twice as long.

Summary

A tormented cop searches in vain for the man who killed his wife while also investigating a series of murders connected to an experimental drug that causes nightmarish hallucinations. However, he finds himself pursued by a vengeful woman who thinks he was involved in the death of her sister. Action thriller, based on the video game, starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Beau Bridges.

Cast & Crew

Max Payne Mark Wahlberg
Mona Sax Mila Kunis
BB Hensley Beau Bridges
Jim Bravura Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
Jason Colvin Chris O'Donnell
Alex Balder Donal Logue
Jack Lupino Amaury Nolasco
Nicole Horne Kate Burton
Director John Moore (3)
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Other Information

Language: English / Spanish Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 14 Nov 2008

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