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Max Payne Review


The Diva's review of
Max Payne(2008)


Rated; running time of 1 hour and 28 minutes
Genre: Action
Written by: Beau Thorne, based on the video game by Sam Lake
Directed by: John Moore
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Chris O'Donnell, Donal Logue, Amaury Nolasco, Olga Kurylenko
Theatrical release Date: 10/17/08



The Digest

Max Payne is an NYPD homicide detective who hidden himself in the cold case files since his wife and infant child were murdered. He shot and killed 2 of the men responsible, but he did not get the 3 rd attacker and so he has dedicated (some would say he is obsessed) his life to solving old cases, hoping against hope, that he will uncover a new clue that will lead him the murderer of his family. And 3 years after the crime, Max eventually finds that clue. His search leads him to one Natasha who is killed within a few hours of their meeting. Some fingers point to Max as the killer. Enough doubt that Natasha’s assassin sister, Mona Sax (Mila Kunis), wants to kill Max herself. Eventually Max and Mona realize that they are on the same side as the same person most likely killed both of their loved ones. With the help of Max’s father's former partner, BB (Beau Bridges), and an Internal Affairs cop (Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges) - who at first believes in Max guilt, then his innocence – Max is hot on the trail of the killer, but does he really want the answer? An answer steeped in betrayal and deception?

The Dish

What in the Higgety hell??? I mean really. Another 90 minutes of my life sucked into the vortex of bad movies. I’m annoyed but not surprised. When the inly screening for a movie is on a the Thursday before it opens and at 10 pm – that’s a hint and a half. What an absolutely pointless movie. I don’t know when I’m going to learn my lesson with these video game movies, because more fail than succeed.

My biggest problem was the old “bait and switch”. The trailers shold demons and one of the characters said, “The Devil is building his army” I thought it was going to be something along the lines of “Constantine”. I’m always down for a supernatural thriller. Too bad “Max Payne” wasn’t super or thrilling.

I’m not sure what the point of putting Mila Kunis in the movie was supposed to accomplish. Her character added nothing to the movie at all. In fact the only person besides Wahlberg who made any impact on the story was Ludicris and even then he was wasted too.

Look, this movie could have followed the storyline of the game to a “t”, I don’t know, I’ve never played the game. And that is the problem. When I played videogames, there was never much a of a story. The goal was to kill, jump, bounce or run to the end. Yet, these studios keep making flimsy movies from flimsy source material to begin with.

The Directive

Not only is this movie not worth dime of your hard earned money, It should be a studio write-off. And yet, it will still make a killing the first weekend, but will quickly drop off once word gets out. If I were crazy and litigious, I might entertain suing the studio for fraud. I’s unfair to the consumer to presnt this movie as something that it is not. It has NOTHING to do with the supernatural. It has nothing to do with what the trailer would have you believe. Buyer Beware.

3BC Ratings




Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2008
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