Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Movie Review: Max Payne

Max Payne

Lets keep this short and sweet.

Max Payne is a former homicide detective working the cold case beat looking for any clue into the mystery revolving around the murder of his wife and child. One of the three suspects still out. On his search a female acquaintance he meets at a party as well as his ex-partner are both murdered and he's the prime suspect but Payne digs into his former partners files to find what he was working on and the connection to his wife's murder.

Visually, a really good looking film. Its dark, stylish, and just cool. Its nice to see the writers take the material seriously and the actors involved not treat this as joke like video games seem to be treated as. That said, the stories not that great because at times it feels like its taking it self too seriously as the action doesn't really kick into gear until almost half way through the film. There's very brief scenes before hand but I felt a good action scene in the beginning would've helped. The big action scenes towards the end however were very good and the CGI did look very nice.

The film utilize much of the supporting cast outside the Beau Bridges character. Shame since the supporting cast is pretty good with Milas Kunis, Chris O'Donnell, and Donal Logue as well as rapper Ludicrous doing a good job for his bit part. Milas Kunis also should've had more to do.

Overall, a pretty good action movie. Could wait for cable or DVD but still I enjoyed it.

Grade 7/10

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