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Max Payne (2008)

Director:
John Moore
COUNTRY
Canada/USA
GENRE
Action/Thriller/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Max Payne
RUNNING TIME
100 minutes
Producer:
Scott Faye
John Moore
Julie Yorn
Screenwriter (based on the computer game by Remedy Entertainment):
Beau Thorne


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Max Payne Mark Wahlberg
Mona Sax Mila Kunis
BB Hensley Beau Bridges
Lt. Jim Bravura Ludacris
Jason Colvin Chris O'Donnell
Det. Alex Balder Donal Logue
Jack Lupino Amaury Nolasco
Nicole Home Kate Burton
Natasha Sax Olga Kurylenko

 

Review

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.

 

Copyright 19.3.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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