Max Payne

  • 15
  • John Moore (3) (2008)
  • US / Can
  • 95 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

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 clichéd 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.

Plot Summary

Action crime drama starring Mark Wahlberg. Following the murder of his wife and child, a grieving cop seeks revenge at any cost in a city overrun with drug gangs.

Cast and 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


John Moore (3)

Other Information

English / Spanish
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Nov 2008
Certificate 15