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Max Payne

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Original title
Max Payne
Running time
100 min.
United States United States
Beau Thorne (Characters: Sam Lake)
Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
Jonathan Sela
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20th Century Fox / Abandon Entertainment / Dune Entertainment
Thriller. Action. Fantasy | Crime. Based on a Video Game. Drugs
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Synopsis / Plot
Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a DEA agent (Wahlberg) whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin (Kunis) out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation. Max Payne is a maverick cop - a mythic anti-hero - determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murders of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.
2008: Nominated for Razzie Awards: Worst Actor (Mark Wahlberg)
Critics' reviews
  • "It's hight on guns and poses, but little else. (...) The attempts to out-Matrix "The Matrix," with bullet-time super-slo mo, are staged with such theatrics that they're unintentionally funny. (...) mostly it's a weak little sister to "Sin City". (...) Rating: ★★ (out of four)."
  • "With its flat story, numbed-out protagonist, and faux artistic lighting and set design - everything is dark or moody or darkishly moody or moodily dark - Max Payne seems a good half hour longer than its running time."
  • "Max Payne couldn't be more appropriately named. Sitting through this stylish-looking but derivative, vacuous and bullet-riddled movie inflicts maximum pain.(...) Rating: ★½ (out of four)."
  • "A somber, stylized new action movie (...) It’s not an especially good movie, but such a judgment is not really relevant to its ambitions. (...) A coherent story would be a lot to ask, and would in any case slow down the movie’s rhythm."
  • "Max still suffers from the heartlessness that makes games emotionally inferior to movies. Nobody ever shed a tear over a video-game character's death."
  • "Max Payne may be the worst movie of the year. The 'may be' qualifier is only because the year isn't over yet."
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