Random Thoughts from the Random Gamer: Review of Max Payne

Filed under: by: Priestbeast

Looking back, it has been a long long time since anyone has posted a movie review, so I have decided to do just that. Oddly enough, it ends up being a game anyway, Max Payne. The flick is a decent shoot-em-up, although I must admit that I never really got involved in it. I guess that I was more of a Hitman kind of guy.

Max Payne starts out looking like a nice, crisp, somewhat old fashioned cop movie. Slightly overexposed film gives the appearance like there are more grays in everything which helps to contrast the dark office spaces of the cops. To go along with the noir feel, as in any crime drama, you can expect to see serious heat packed on both hips.

Max is working as a detective/secretary for unsolved murders. Basically, he just files paperwork for all the cases that the station cannot solve. While working these other cases, he spends his time searching for clues to his own wife's murder, which occurred a number of years beforehand. The whole movie is based on him trying to find the third man involved in her murder. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to develop into anything worth watching.

It's hard go into too much detail on the plot, without destroying the story for all of you who have not watched it yet. To keep it spoiler proof, Payne discovers that a bunch of the criminals he is searching for are tripped out on some sort of narcotic. This drug is known to lead to intense hallucinations of Valkyrie that fly around, destroying people. Interesting enough, the drug is called Valkyr. Also, each criminal has of a tattoo of a Valkyrie on their wrist. What could this all mean?

The trail goes from hot to cold , literally, but I don't dare say more on that. Just know that it heats up again for a crazy gun fight at the end of the movie that, as many movies these days do, overplays the slow motion gun dodging sequences brought about by the Matrix. Have they not been overused enough yet?

I would agree with most critics out there in only giving Max Payne about 2.5 stars out of 5. It's not anywhere near the type of movie it could have been. There were too many things left hanging at the end, with no evident desire for a sequel. It should also be noted that there are numerous characters that appear in the film, but do not add anything to the plot.

Go see it if you really enjoyed the game. However, know that it doesn't have much to do with the game besides the name and the guns. You may be better off to save your 8 to 10 dollars and wait until it hits DVD for home consumption.

Game on Gamers!


On October 22, 2008 at 7:48 PM , Anonymous said...

"There were too many things left hanging at the end, with no evident desire for a sequel."

What about the snippet after the credits that, in my opinion, seemed to atleast hint at a direction for the sequel?

On October 23, 2008 at 12:17 AM , Priestbeast said...

I did not stay to see after the credits...everyone I was with rushed out.

On October 29, 2008 at 12:35 AM , M£GZM£$$ said...

Wow! I was looking for this exact post. ...Ya, I didn't get to see the last part after the credits but I agree with rating at 2.5 out of 5. After playing the game I don't think the movie really followed a good story line...they could have done more with the graphics too where they slowed time down... It would be cool if they'd work a little more on 3-D video's so you could put yourself into a game-reality. The last one I went to (Beowolf) wasn't the best but in time I hope I'll have something that's worthy of a blog...