Skip to main content

MAX PAYNE was oh so PAYNEFUL!!!

What a failure this was. An EPIC FAILURE~! And I'll tell you why. This movie had everything going for it which was why it made the failure seem so huge. It had star power. It had a very competent director. The visual style was there. It had a simple storyline... a storyline that was basically fuck-proof because it's so basic. The effects (when there were any) were also pretty great. So where did they go wrong?

Pacing.

If the first two-thirds of the film was like the last third, I think it would have been a fine film. Not great by any means, but fine. I mean, there was hardly any action in the first hour. It was all talk and build up. Every 5 minutes I was saying to myself, "okay, something cool is gonna happen now". But it never came. I think had they added 2 or 3 big action sequences during that hour, that it would have helped the film breathe and flow better. I mean, didn't they realize that the source material was an action game?

Max Payne is based on the video game of the same name following the titular character as he searches for the killers of his family. The storyline in the movie was basically the same, although there were some obvious deviations (crooked corporations instead of gangs and mobs).

Although Marky-Mark's acting was the palest of comparisons to his performance in The Departed, I can forgive it only because in the game Max Payne, those performances were wooden. Ludacris was just a little more than a set decoration in various scenes. The first time he popped up on screen, the theater erupted in laughter (the same thing happened when my friend saw it last week). He's a fine actor, I think it wouldn't of hurt to give him a bit more screen time. Mila Kunis does her best to play a tough chick, but I just can't buy it. She's the scrawny little girl from that 70's Show, and she's too sweet to play the rugged girl. However, she was fine too.

Hats off to the set decorators, editors, and director of photography. They did quite a superb job of disguising Toronto as New York City. I kept looking for clear Canadian landmarks, but couldn't find any. I think I caught a brief glimpse of the Four Seasons Centre though. Oh yeah, and the obvious Bay Station at the beginning.

So in the end, I guess that's the grand tragedy of it all; the potential was all there, it was just squandered. This could have been great. They left the ending open for a sequel, but I have major doubts to whether they'd act on it. Until next time, later geeks.

Comments

That's a damn shame. I still want to see this though, for two reasons- Veriety, of all magazines, actually gave it a half-decent review, and I quite like Mark Wahlberg as an actor.
The Lam said…
I had the same feeling. I knew that most of the reviews were atrocious, but I still did want to see it. In Toronto, on Tuesdays they have $5 tickets (instead of the regular $10-$12). I'd say that it was worth my $5, nothing more.
Mike said…
I seems they will never get a video game movie right. High hopes for this one but sounds like a dud.

Mark Wahlberg movies seem to be hit and miss, either they really suck or they are really good.
Unknown said…
I probably wasn't going to see this one due to some of the horrible video game adaptations I've seen in the past, but I think this review cinched it for me.

I'll spend the $5.50 on an NES game or something.
Rudjard said…
almost every video game turned movie ended up flop. Resident Evil is my exception...yeah MAX PAYNE turned lame very lame even the story weren't so good. not good value for your hard-earned allowance. LOL
Anonymous said…
I just watched it. Was just fine for me. Lots of suspense in it.
The Lam said…
@Dave:
Hahaha, an NES game would be more well spent!

@rudjard:
There hasn't been any video game movie that I've really liked yet, I'm still waiting for it. But at least you enjoyed RE.

@kenwooi:
Well, I'm glad that the movie at least worked for you.

Popular posts from this blog

Dreamers, Achievers, Believers

It was quite a week last week. It started off on a more heavy note last Sunday, but as the week wore on, things became better and more clear. So let's do a little recap. This is going to be kind of long, so if you find this kind of stuff boring I've inserted pictures of funny cats for your entertainment. So... 1.5 Weeks Ago About 1.5 weeks ago, my friend Jon from Living Room gave me the contact info for his uncle. His uncle is an engineer and apparently was looking for new grads and new hands to hire. That week, I gave him a few calls but he wasn't there when I called him and when he returned my calls, I wasn't here either. We were playing phone tag that week *insert schoolgirl giggle*. Sunday Morning So last Sunday morning, his uncle gave me a call at 9 am (The morning! My weakness! HISS!) and we talked about stuff. I was telling him a bit about school as well as elaborating my work/coop experience as he didn't have my resume yet. So he goes on to tell

The Science of God

Not too long ago, two of my friends had posted their thoughts on evolution and creationism. Both friends shared similar sentiments on the topic (you can view Skylar's here and Keith's here ). Coincidence or not, shortly before they made their postings, I purchased a book called The Science of God by Dr. Gerald Schroeder, which was based on the same topic. Unfortunately, at the time of my friend's postings, I had not finished the book, but now I have. In The Science of God , Schroeder attempts to debunk the dichotomy that exists between science/evolution and creationism. He tries to show that there can exist a duality between the two and that discoveries in science actually prove the story of creation in the bible. The book can be roughly divided into three categories that being the concepts of time, the second with the biology of evolution, and lastly the concept of free will. In describing time, he focuses on the 6 days that are explained in the beginning of Genes

DTV Madness: Jack Brooks - M.S. and Gingerdead Man 2

Okay, honestly, I think this will be the last DTV post for a while. One man can only take so much shit. I'm only human, I have feelings too. These two movies pushed my limit. I'm going to be in DTV-detox for the next month or so. Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer I thought that with a title like this, it couldn't fail. I thought that with a poster like they had, it couldn't fail. Then I realized something... I failed. I failed in thinking that this movie had any hope. I was expecting some fun horror, mixed with comedy in sort of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer kind of fashion with a bumbling hero and smart quips. I mean, with a title like Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer , was I wrong in expecting a variety of monsters get slayed as the title suggests? It didn't help much that the monsters looked uber cheesy. They looked like something right out of a Power Rangers episode. But to their credit, at least they stuck with practical make-up and effects rather than CG.