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Max Payne (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 October 2008 (USA)
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Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a police detective whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.



(screenplay), (video game by Remedy Entertainment and 3-D Realms Entertainment)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Bravura (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Joel Gordon ...


Three years ago, NYPD detective Max Payne's wife and baby were murdered. Max gets himself transferred to the cold case office where he can continue searching for the killer who got away. He's a loner, but two people reach out to him during a fateful week: Alex, his ex-partner who may have found a clue, and BB, the security chief at the pharmaceutical company where Max's wife worked. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up, some as a result of a drug on the street that is highly addictive and, for many who take it, brings hideous hallucinations. When one of the bodies is a woman Payne was the last to see alive, her sister comes looking for him armed to the teeth; Max must move fast. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence including intense shooting sequences, drug content, some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Макс Пейн  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,639,849 (USA) (17 October 2008)


$40,687,294 (USA) (9 January 2009)

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Technical Specs


| (unrated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mark Wahlberg has stated in interviews that John Moore is one of the best directors he has ever worked with. Other directors Wahlberg has worked with include Tim Burton , Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson. See more »


Just before the fight with Lupino there's a guy coming behind and above Max and there's a slow-motion shoot out. The first shot comes almost in front of Max but the rest of them seem to hit the drugs on a table that's at least 2-3m on Max's right side. See more »


[first lines]
Max Payne: I don't believe in heaven. I believe in pain. I believe in fear. I believe in death.
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Crazy Credits

Stay watching after the credits for an extra scene, in which Max is reunited with Mona at a bar to be shown further developments involving Aesir, implying both have more to do (setting the scene for a possible sequel). See more »


References Show Them No Mercy! (1935) See more »


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User Reviews

strongly urging you NOT to see this film
28 October 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"I don't believe in angels, but I believe in pain..." Those opening lines of the movie can only mean one thing, trite bull****. I don't know what the people over at Fox Studios were doing when the subject of making a movie out of one of the best shoot 'em up, film noir inspired, and heart racing video game franchises came up for discussion. It certainly wasn't "Hey, we should play the game to see what this thing is all about." Nope. It was more like "Hey! This game made a lot of money. Someone quickly tell me what the back of the box says about the game and we'll write a crappy screenplay around it and miscast the whole thing." Mark Wahlberg plays Max Payne, the brutal, no holds barred and out for revenge cop from the video game of the same name... but wait! They rewrote nearly the whole character. He couldn't seem to give a rats ass about his murdered wife and child except for a few bland flashbacks. The acting is so misplaced and frozen in this movie and adding the likes of Mila Kunis, Chris O'Donnell, Ludicrous (holy crap what were they thinking?), and Beau Bridges didn't really give them much of a leg to stand on.

To sum it all up, I felt like falling asleep during the film (a feat not so easily accomplished for me). This was an action movie turned into a long boring drama with a few shooting sequences.

Don't waste your money. Rent 'Shoot Em Up' instead

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