Writer: Beau Thorne (Screenplay) Sam Lake (Video Game Characters)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Ludacris, Chris O’Donnell, Donal Logue, Amaury Nolasco, Kate burton, Olga Kurylenko
Plot: Three years ago, NYPD detective Max Payne (Wahlberg) wife and baby were murdered. Max gets himself transferred to the cold case office where he can continue searching for the killer who got away. He’s a loner, but two people reach out to him during a fateful week. Alex (Logue) his ex-partner who may have found a clue and BB (Bridges), the security chief at the pharmaceutical company where Max’s wife worked. Meanwhile bodies are piling up, some as a result of a drug on the street that is highly addictive and for many who take it brings hideous hallucinations. When one of the bodies is a woman Payne was the last to see alive her sister Mona (Kunis) comes looking for him armed to the teeth. Max must move fast.
Verdict: Video Game Action success?
Story: Having never played the games or even knowing anything about the games I could really see this fresh as an action fan. I was expecting some form of supernatural side to the story but I was wrong. It is just a revenge thriller that has lots of action and very little dialogue. Most of the support characters have very little development and are each only used to pass on a small part of the story. In the end as a standalone action film it is switch the mind of acceptable. (6/10)
Actor Review: Mark Wahlberg – Max Payne the determined cop who wants to truth who ends up getting caught up in something bigger than he could have ever imagined. Solid from Mark but the fans of the games will dislike what he does to the character. (7/10)
Actor Review: Mila Kunis – Mona from the more underworld side of the city she ends up teaming up with Max to take down the people responsible for the death of their loved ones. I think this was a bit too early in her career, she looks a little bit out of place, and maybe she could return for a sequel and use what she has learned. (4/10)
Actor Review: Beau Bridges – BB Hensley friend of Max who was also good friends with his wife, he tries to help but ultimately is the guy responsible for everything that has driven Max. Good but nothing special performance. (6/10)
Actor Review: Ludacris – Jim the internal affairs officer trying to figure out what the corruption in the Police could change how they look at crimes being committed in the town. Another guy who was in a role that is hard to believe too early in his acting career, he tries but it just doesn’t quite some off for him. (5/10)
Actor Review: Chris O’Donnell – Jason a former work colleague of Max’s wife, knows more than he is letting on. Good supporting role that is good use for information only. (5/10)
Actor Review: Donal Logue – Alex ex-partner who tries to reconnect after discovering a new clue about Max’s wife’s murder. Only a small role but the look of a desperate friend works well. (6/10)
Actor Review: Amaury Nolasco – Jack a man that spends a lot of time watching what is going on with Max and Mona, but he does have a motive, but we never know what he final motive is. Good supporting role used well to create a target for Max. (6/10)
Director Review: John Moore – Simple direction used to create plenty of over the top action for the more casual fan to enjoy. (6/10)
Action: Plenty of gun fights throughout, I really don’t know how many bullets they must have used. (9/10)
Crime: Simple crime aspects used nothing truly original though. (6/10)
Thriller: Tries to pull of some thrills but doesn’t really succeed. (6/10)
Special Effects: Good special effects for the hallucination scenes and gun battles. (9/10)
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Settings: Dark settings used to create a very dark world similar to the story they are in. (8/10)
Suggestion: This is really one to try I can’t say it is very original and like most video game films isn’t the most popular compared to the games. (Try It)
Best Part: Gun rights.
Worst Part: poor support character development.
Action Scene Of The Film: The office gun battle
Oscar Chances: No
Chances of Sequel: Do to the poor box office it would be a no.
Overall: Video Game Action, You Know What You Are Getting