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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.

Director:

John Moore

Writers:

Beau Thorne (screenplay), Sam Lake (video game by Remedy Entertainment and 3-D Realms Entertainment)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Max Payne
Mila Kunis ... Mona Sax
Beau Bridges ... BB Hensley
Ludacris ... Jim Bravura (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)
Chris O'Donnell ... Jason Colvin
Donal Logue ... Alex Balder
Amaury Nolasco ... Jack Lupino
Kate Burton ... Nicole Horne
Olga Kurylenko ... Natasha
Rothaford Gray ... Joe Salle
Joel Gordon Joel Gordon ... Owen Green
Jamie Hector ... Lincoln Deneuf
Andrew Friedman ... Trevor
Marianthi Evans ... Michelle Payne
Nelly Furtado ... Christa Balder
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Max Payne See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,639,849, 17 October 2008

Gross USA:

$40,689,393

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,416,905
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Moore has said that he tried to please fan requests as much and frequently as possible. See more »

Goofs

When Max is about to leave his apartment in the morning, he shuts off the stove after a kettle starts whistling. The steaming item on the stove is an espresso pot, which does not whistle. A kettle is on the back burner, but it's not being used. See more »

Quotes

[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

After the credits is 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 »

Alternate Versions

An unrated version was released on Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-Ray. See more »

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Written by Paul Stoney & Stephen French
Performed by Metsuo
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"It's PG-13, Stupid"
17 October 2008 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"When the people a man needs get taken away from him, you can't ever go back to the way you were before." BB Hensley (Beau Bridges) in Max Payne

You got it: Detective Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) has been hunting the killer of his wife and child for three years. The Sam Lake video game hero is pretty tough, but never as stylized as a video game violent guy or graphic novel protagonist could be. Curiously this adaptation is filled with gunfire but little blood, sexy ladies but little sex, lots of noise but little excitement.

Oh, wait, it's PG-13. How dumb, not of me, but of director John Moore, who should know a bit about thrilling gore from his Omen experience. In order to get the more lucrative PG-13 rating, Moore cut a shot or two, thereby emasculating a film that could have been cherished by global geeks.

The film lacks an edge of the kind pulp fictional heroes frequently have (See Sin City)--Wahlberg has a more stoical glare than even in his well-received thriller, Shooter, and shows considerably fewer acting chops than in his role in the Oscar-nominated Departed. To its credit the film tries to be different by adding some magical elements such as birds of prey that swoop in and out like avenging angels, associated I presume with the hallucinatory side effects of a powerful drug that turns mere soldiers or thugs into invincible fighting machines. Such is the complication attending the simpler revenge motif.

Wahlberg doesn't crack a smile, nor do I as I remember how bored I was watching it, a critic who usually enjoys Wahlberg's one-note heroes and the thriller genre itself. Bourne this is not. Barely B film it is.

Max Payne: "There's an army of bodies under this river, people who ran out of time, out of friends. I could feel the dead down there, reaching up to welcome me as one of their own. It was an easy mistake to make."


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