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Running Time:
1 hour, 25 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for violence including intense shooting sequences, drug content, some sexuality and brief strong language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Except for its gritty and beautiful cinematography, this one-dimensional detective thriller is simply a videogame on film.

Additional Info:
DVD Features Closed Caption; Includes both the theatrical version and unrated extended cut of the film; Audio commentary by director John Moore, production designer Daniel Dorrance and visual effects supervisor Everett Burrell; Featurette: Picture Documentary; Michelle Payne graphic novel.

Mark Wahlberg ... Max Payne
Mila Kunis ... Mona Sax
Beau Bridges ... BB Hensley
Chris Bridges ... Jim Bravura
Chris O'Donnell ... Jason Colvin
Donal Logue ... Alex Balder
Amaury Nolasco ... Jack Lupino
Kate Burton ... Nicole Horne
Olga Kurylenko ... Natasha

Max Payne
Max is played by Mark Wahlberg ("Boogie Nights") who is obsessed with avenging the senseless murders of his wife and child. The storytelling is secondary to the action with adverse results as director John Moore ("The Omen") battles to create a credible world somewhere between reality and fantasy. The most striking element of the film is its  production design which features perpetual snow falling and torrential rain teeming down soaking the characters at their most vulnerable moments.

When we first meet Max, he is freefalling in an ocean filled with dead bodies. We quickly understand the world in which Max lives is one that's full of loneliness, regret and hate. We watch in fascination as Natasha (a stunningly beautiful Olga Kurylenko "Hitman") tries to seduce Max, wearing a flimsy, ultra short red silk dress with thigh-high black boots, but he seems only interested in her tattoo. Then there's Natasha's hard-nosed sister Mona (Mila Kunis "Forgetting Sarah Marshall")  an assassin, out to avenge her sister's death, Chris O'Donnell ("Scent of a Woman"), a drug company executive and Beau Bridges ("The Fabulous Baker Boys") , the head of security. Frankly it's hard to believe any of them. Only Amaury Nolasco ("Street Kings"),
whose handsome features are decorated by two large facial tattoos and whose demons come alive all too often, is quite terrifying.

There's no shortage of firepower (Max shoots everyone in sight) and even if you ignore some of the plot's unanswered questions, you are left with little but a cavalcade of bullets, noise and chaos. Except for its gritty and beautiful cinematography, this one-dimensional detective thriller is little more than a videogame on film. 

Max Payne with Mark Wahlberg: DVD Cover


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