Max Payne (2008)
Film noir meets the video game world - and a hint of the superhero genre - as Max Payne is brought to the big screen by John Moore (The Omen). The film looks and feels appropriately gloomy and constructs a recognizable storyline with useful conviction. Moore keeps it low-key and is clever not to spew out an abundance of action sequences. The Max Payne character is perhaps the least interesting element in the film, not much helped by a half-inspired Mark Wahlberg, but the film's small dosage of superheroness is a refreshment in these overloaded superhero days, and the Valkyr theme is highly interesting, despite the half-done visual realization of its effect. In this theme, Max Payne continues a thematic line which goes back to interesting B-films such as The Prayer of the Rollerboys. Watch for Chris O'Donnell in an effective supporting role.