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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Max Payne Review

One word decribes Max Payne (the movie):disappointment.
But let's take things from the beginning.

The movie is based on the video game series.The games provide the material for a dark,gritty,violent movie with an engaging plot.This adaptation basically follows the events of the first game,although with some changes.So what's wrong with this movie?Well,a lot.

First,the cast.The casting choices are far from being successful.Mark Wahlberg's perfomance is at best mediocre.Another wrong choice is Mila Kunis.She's pretty but she's not suitable for the role of Mona Sax.I could say more about the cast but let's continue.

Another serious problem is the screenplay.The screenwriters ruined an interesting story and turned it into a (sometimes) boring movie.The director is also responsible for this failure.Surprisingly,there are not much action scenes and the slow-motion scenes are executed poorly.Only the cinematography is relatively good.

So,the previously mentioned potential is wasted.Many wonder how the movie would be if the cast or/and the director were different.Some mentioned the name of John Woo,from the movies of whom the Max Payne games were influenced.A Max Payne movie directed by John Woo?That would be interesting.

To sum up,this adaptation is disappointing.You may have read that after the end credits there's a scene that hints at a possible sequel.If that happens,a lot of changes should be made.

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