'Max Payne' Review By Jonnred

Fists of Rage
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  • Visuals
I may have been a little over zealous when I first watched this movie I think that may be because the visuals are really cool looking. First off Mark Whalbergs performance in the movie isn't that bad but it does feel like he was trying to do his own version of a cross between Dirty Harry and Charles Bronson in Death Wish. John Moores direction of the film is pretty bad at times he can sell the visuals witch are cool looking but his action scenes are to boring and cartoonish. One of the biggest problems I had with the movie was the fact that they kept some of the Max Payne Elements like the drugs and the gritty look of New York but they also took out some of the best elements of the game such as the John Woo style of action and the Mafia Element was replaced by the Evil Empire corporation and trying to make a political statement with corporations and the War in Iraq. The revenge plot of the movie felt really weak and not at all unexpected or ex sighting they should of taken a note from OldBoy and try to put a different spin on an unoriginal idea so it could of been darker and ex sighting. Mila Kunis was the most miscasted person in the film every time she was supposed to be a bad a$$ I couldn't take her serious and every time she held a gun it looked like she was worried about braking a nail maybe she should just stick to comedies for a while. As for the PG-13 rating of the movie is not violent enough for an R the violence is not at all exploited or gory of course the rating of the movie doesn't matter an R version couldn't save this movie. The movie was just another shoot and kill action movie without any good parts to it the only nice thing I can say is that its the closest I've come to liking a videogame adaptation.

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Comments (7)

  1. John M

    Are you trying to compare this average to bad action movie to the Dirty Harry. Please don't you're embarrassing your self. First off Dirty would have been rated R, thankfully it came out before the PG-13 rating came to be in 1984. I could go on to how much I hate the rating, but I'll movie on. Max Payne was rated PG-13, if it had been rated R and hadn't edited out I'd say 10 to 15 minutes of the movie it would have been better. The movie studio's wanted to bow down to the young video game geeks to they ruined the movie. I haven't played or seen the game, I just wanted to see a good action movie. Finally Mark Wahlberg is no Clint Eastwood and never will be. So don't compare this movie to Dirty Harry or any other great action movie's like The French Connection, The Getaway, Death Wish, Mad Max and others.

    6 years agoby @john-mFlag

  2. JR

    shawnnew smith would be better choice the game had grea acting and nila is god awfull and wouldnt fit the role. sorry but its true!

    6 years agoby @jokerrules33Flag

  3. The Lost Girl

    Great review and I agree - shoulda gotten Milla Jovovich for the role of Mona. Think she would have done a better job?

    6 years agoby @trinity7694Flag

  4. bruto11

    i saw the movie and nearly walked out an hour in. It was awful. I've played the games and the movie just drew laughs from the audience. An elderly man even scoffed and walked out. I understood the premise, but the movie was too convoluted in it's own presentation to do any good. i wouldn't even consider telling anyone to rent this movie.

    6 years agoby @bruto11Flag

  5. JR

    ill say again...shawnne smith for mona. she played amanda in saw they look alike! and only person who would be better than mark as max, would be edward norton if he gained some muscle!

    6 years agoby @jokerrules33Flag

  6. MovieNerd

    Good review. I see your connection between this and Dirty Harry.

    6 years agoby @nickoFlag

  7. The CryptKeeper

    5 stars? it was alright. i give it a 3/5

    good review though. i can see where you are coming from. you are right. Mila Kunes suucked

    6 years agoby @catwomanFlag