Too much HYPE - PAYNE-ful to watch. Grade: C-plus

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Written October 17, 2008
I just attended the red carpet premiere of this movie adaptation of the same-titled video-game. Present at this red carpet event, the obligingly affable Mr. Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges gave a short intro. before the start of the 100-minute movie. More flash and hype than substance, Max Payne was mostly filmed in film-noir style. The characters were flat and charmless. Above-average production qualities and gimmicky special effects. Lots of engaging unique camerawork via director John Moore. This thriller/mystery reminded me of a stunted hybrid of Sin City, Blade Runner, and Matrix - lacking their respective unforgettable unique signatures. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the performances by Mark Wahlberg, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Chris O'Donnell, Mila Kunis, and Beau Bridges. Verdict: Yet just another PAYNE-ful video-game movie adaptation. Star billings should rake in the crowd translating in big opening weekend at the box-office. Recommended if you are a fan of the stars.
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Don't waste your time and money!!

By brianna-chan
Written October 19, 2008
Okay, so I went to go see this with my friends today not knowing what it was about at all, other than the fact that it was based on a videogame. I have to say it was the worst movie I've seen in a long LONG time. Not only was the acting and plot horrible, but the digital effects were only a step up from Power Rangers. I was laughing at the movie the entire time (and let me just tell you, I was not the only one laughing in the theatre). The superslow effects lasted too long and pretty much failed in general (wanna be Matrix, much?). Half the time the bad guys are in bird/angel costumes, which look like they stole from a nearby costume shop. And the random flashbacks about his wife and child get a tad redundent after the tenth time. It was a complete waste of time and money that I wish could get back. But I guess I should be looking on the bright side, right? At least I got a good laugh out of it.
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Looks cool but

By Jakester20
Written September 23, 2008
Michael Madsen should have been Max Payne
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looks like a good movie

By I'magoodmoviegoer
Written October 09, 2008
I think it's a good movie because it has the chance to be pretty good,like some of the games they turned into movies that have already came out were not that bad.I have the second game and it's not dispointing to me because the story in the game is really fun and the features are not too bad either,i never played the first game so i don't know if the game and movie are a like or different but from what i seen from the trailer it looks good.
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watch at your own risk

By hellbringer
Written August 21, 2008
i liked the game but never got to play it through. As far as mark whalberg, or however u spell it, playing payne, im a lil iffy, he doesn't look cold enough to play the part, but ill go see it personally to figure out what the winged figures are.
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