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Max Payne (2008)
A Game Acted by Singers
I watched the unrated version yesterday. I wasn't expecting much. It was fun and was worth seeing it. I am a fan of the game. The second one is my best game ever. The movie more or less is loyal to the game story, and Max Payne has one of the best stories in the game industry. What you should know is that there is a gap between plots in game industry and the movie industry, and I don't see how being loyal is a good thing where you could have taken a pen and filled the plot holes.
Now, anyone who has played Max Payne knows that it is different because of two things: The monologues and the slow motion thing. The movie has only one monologue at the beginning. I'm sorry but you are going to miss that so much, it almost hurts. There are some pretty good slow motion scenes in the movie but John Moore, instead of following max in slow motion, has usually preferred to follow the bad guys. Then Max comes out of nowhere and kills them with amazing speed which makes it hard to connect with Max. I at least expected to see the famous scene with Max flying across the screen in slow motion, shooting with both hands.
Although Mila Kunis does her best as Mona Sax, Mona in game has a darkness deep in her which I can't find in this cute actress. And I can't believe Beau Bridges as BB Hensley can be that bad, he is too likable and perhaps too old to jump from a window. Casting could have been different.
In the end whether you are a fan or not you should at least rent this movie. I hope the follow up pushes the door further for future game adaptations.