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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Max Payne can be found here.

Max Payne is based on a 2001 video game of the same name. The video game was adapted for the screen by American screenwriter Beau Thorne.

The most common track used is "If I Was Your Vampire" by Marilyn Manson.

Yes, although there isn't much of it.

While in spirit and tone, the Max Payne film is very similar to the game, many details are changed. Obviously, numerous things are cut because the film runs at about 2 hours, while the play time of the game is much longer

The character Jason Colvin (Chris O'Donnell) is a completely new character added for the film. Max's inner-monologue and "comic book" style narration are almost completely cut, except for minor bits in the beginning and end of the film. Jack Lupino's origin is revealed, as he is portrayed as a "test subject gone mad" in the film. He was given Valkyr as a sort of "super serum" for soldiers in the War on Terror, and, like almost all the other test subjects, eventually went insane. In the game, Jack Lupino dies in the first section, whereas in the film he dies in the final act. Also, in the game, Max kills him, while in the film, he is killed by B.B. Hensley. Nicole Horne does not die in the film.

Unlike in the game, Mona Sax is not hired to kill Max by Nicole Horne. Mona is not wounded or presumably killed as she was in the game. However, a slight reference is made to that game scene in the film, as she is last seen in an elevator. Jim Bravura is no longer the Chief of Police, but instead an Internal Affairs detective, and is turned from an aging police veteran to a young, upstart, and wise cracking detective. All of the dream sequences from the game are cut, and had they not been cut, the film would have most definitely received an "R" rating. Valkyr is explained much more in the film, and displayed on film as a massive hallucinogenic drug, still created by Nicole Horne's company, Aesir. In the film, however, it was a failed "serum" used on soldiers in the War on Terror to make them "fearless". The drug made the test subjects so hungry for more and insane that Aesir was forced to shut down the project, not before Jack Lupino had escaped to the streets. In the film, the hallucinations of the users are mainly demonic angels which "influence" the user's choices, and the drug also turns violent images into peaceful ones, and peaceful images into violent ones. The best way to describe the effects of Valkyr would be that it turns the user into a sort of paranoid schizophrenic.

Also, in the game, Max Payne killed all three men who killed his wife and daughter when he encountered them when he came home from work. In the movie, one of them got away. It is later revealed that B.B. is the third killer. Also, B.B. is a young guy in the game while in the movie, he is an older man.

Yes. At the very end of the credits there is a scene between Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, which sets the stage for a possible sequel: Mona shows Max a newspaper that reports Nicole Horn to be the new CEO of Aesyr Corp. The company, against expectations, apparently thrives.

One of the harshest critics of the film was 3D Realms CEO Scott Miller, one of the game's producers, who cited fundamental story flaws "that have me shaking my head in bewilderment," including the game's opening scenes being instead placed in the middle of the film. After the film's #1 opening weekend, however, he retracted his comments, saying that he was now "proud of the film," and that "This kind of opening brings us a lot closer to the reality of a sequel," to the long-stalled video game franchise.(wikipedia)

In order to achieve the more attractive PG-13-rating for the cinematical release, the film was cut and edited in terms of violence and sexual content as well as drug use. The unrated version was later released on DVD. A detailed comparison between the theatrical version and the unrated version with pictures can be found here.

Yes. When Max arrives at the bar to meet with Mona, the bartender says to Max, "Good to have you back."


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