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Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Olga Kurylenko ... see more see more... , Amaury Nolasco , Chris O'Donnell , Donal Logue , Kate Burton , Marianthi Evans , Ludacris

Max Payne is a maverick cop - a mythic anti-hero - determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murders of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes ... read more read more...him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.

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DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009

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  • June 3, 2009
    Kunis and Wahlberg are not bad. Thats the best I can do. Decent effects for an action movie but no where as cool as the games it was based off of.
  • August 1, 2013
    A Payne-fully dull and predictable hard-boiled thriller occasionally interrupted by half-way decent John Woo-style action sequences.
  • February 24, 2012
    Sort of hit or miss throughout for me. Parts were interesting, revenge is always a good story base, I know nothing about the game it's been adapted from, but feel it would have been more enjoyable to model it on the graphic novel adaptions. Some important clues were easily gues... read moresible and parts were action packed, others a little static.
  • November 30, 2011
    Having never played to game on which it's based I have nothing to go on as far as adaptation goes but I'm not sure if that matters so much does it!? Anyway, I liked the noir style of this film - the darkly lit alleyways, the no-mans land of New York's side streets and the lingeri... read moreng snow, continually floating throughout the film were all nice touches. I even thought the CGI demons/dark angels were done well. Also, the acting was fine - Mark Wahlberg isn't the worlds greatest actor but he's likable and that's what gets him through. I thought Chris "Ludacris" Bridges was quite good though and deserved a bigger role. The only real problem and unfortunately the most important thing to get right in a film, was the story. It was uninteresting and predictable. I can't see a sequel happening.
  • November 13, 2011
    I haven't played the games, of which a third is due out soon?! So I can only merit it as a film in its own right. Aware of poor reviews, I wasn't aware too much of the story behind the games, other than a cop who hands out his own rough justice. It was an interesting film but I t... read morehink most expected a lot more action, or maybe more blood and violence. Instead it's more of a film noir thriller. The visuals are impressive, not just the cgi angels but the overall cinematography. The action gets better towards the end with a good shoot-out, but overall it needed a bit more throughout. A good surprising cast line up though!
  • August 17, 2011
    A really good action movie. Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis were great in this film.
  • August 15, 2011
    I don't hate 'Max Payne'. Hated by the public upon initial release, both the audiences and the critics gave negative reactions to this. While I didn't like it, it wasn't nearly as terrible as I was led to believe. I enjoyed Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, and found the action to be... read more pretty impressive from a technical standpoint, making 'Max Payne' watchable.
  • June 3, 2011
    Just about as bad as its reputation. The only thing good about Max Payne is the way it looks. The set design, style and overall feeling is great. However, the story and characters are so outlandish and stupid that you can't enjoy the movie at all. It takes itself so seriously and... read more therefore you can't really accept the totally bizarre and outlandish elements that are brought in. Sadly, they also missed out on letting Mark Wahlberg go full throttle with his bad cop routine (which he can do in his sleep). This is just a series of bad vignettes that amount to absolutely nothing. I have no idea what was trying to be accomplished with the blue drugs and flying demons, but it just came off as ridiculous.
  • April 6, 2011
    The movie wasn't horrible, it was just bad. The plot is so boring and uninteresting now I want to see if they really made a game on this. The acting was okay, nothing award winning. The action and effects were okay, there was nothing new. The camerawork was actually really go... read moreod if you pay attention. The music was nothing special, I wasn't impressed by anything I heard. The movie had so much potential, but down the line something went wrong.
  • December 28, 2010
    Without knowing the game this film is based on, I can only talk about this from the cinematic point of view. It is starting out like a crime noir thriller with lots of characters, most of which die the minute they appear, leaving very few to suspect as the villains in this. Accor... read moredingly the plot has very few surprises to offer and no part of the investigation makes this movie any more interesting. After an hour at least there is plenty of action for the remains of the film. The drug hallucination scenes are rather silly, though. In the end there is little you care about, if super-slo-mo-action sequences aren't enough to get you excited. Nothing to write home about whatsoever. Can't they just let the games stay games?

Critic Reviews

Nigel Floyd
November 14, 2008
Nigel Floyd, Time Out

John Moore directs the hell out of the action, while Jonathan Sela's glistening photography captures the snow and rain that fall on these bloody New York streets. But you'd have to be on crack not to ... Full Review

David Hiltbrand
October 23, 2008
David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

Max Payne is a junkyard dog of a film that is true to its video-game roots even as it transcends them. Full Review

Wesley Morris
October 18, 2008
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

The filmmakers aim their cynicism more at us than at any government or drug company. Full Review

Mike Mayo
October 17, 2008
Mike Mayo, Washington Post

Sexy girls and lots of automatic weapons are involved in an occasionally coherent plot. Full Review

Claudia Puig
October 17, 2008
Claudia Puig, USA Today

You can't help but wonder where the fine actor in The Departed and even Invincible has gone. It's not been a good year for Wahlberg: First The Happening, and now this. Full Review

Rob Salem
October 17, 2008
Rob Salem, Toronto Star

Maybe somebody decided the movie was already so convoluted and leaden that throwing in a few swooping, screeching valkyries could only help. They do not. Full Review

Richard Corliss
October 17, 2008
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

The moviegoers are passive hostages on a long ride they've taken so many times before. So gameboys are advised to man their PlayStations this weekend; action-movie fans in search of red meat can wait ... Full Review

Ted Fry
October 17, 2008
Ted Fry, Seattle Times

A movie that cares much more for poetic choreography in explosive gunfights than gaping lapses of logic in a flimsy crime narrative. Full Review

Peter Travers
October 17, 2008
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Max just drags on as it drags you down. If you stay and watch the endless end credits, there's a short scene that hints a sequel is coming. That's what I call real pain.

James Berardinelli
October 17, 2008
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Maybe fans of the game will be okay with the cinematic adaptation but for those who aren't new to Max and his world, this isn't an impressive introduction. Clunky action, chaotic plotting, and embarra... Full Review

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