DVD Review: Max Payne

I should have just watched 3 Simpsons episodes.

I should have just watched 3 Simpsons episodes.

I watched Max Payne last night on DVD and I gotta say, Andy Samberg pretty much has Mark Wahlberg pegged.  The whole time I was watching, I expected Wahlberg’s character to start talking to animals.  So let’s cut to the chase.  Why is that a bad movie?

For one, the back story isn’t there.  Don’t get me wrong, they go back in time and show a lot of stuff that happens, but they would have been better served to start from the beginning, and show Max Payne before all the bad stuff happens.  This way, maybe we could understand and sympathize with why he is so morose later in the film.   In other words, it would have been more effective for the directors to show us a Max Payne in love with his wife and excited about his baby before we meet a sullen Max Payne and learn about his story through the words of other characters with ulterior motives.

Secondly, we have no idea who Mila Kunis’s character is.  She just shows up.  Is she a cop?  Is she a criminal?  Does she fall somewhere in between?  Video game players are going to know this back story, but for big budget Hollywood, movies that follow video games to a T are going to alienate a lot of people.

Finally, predictability and choppy story telling made this one a snoozer.  Trailers for this movie were fantastic. It made me want to see this movie and get into the lore of it.  Unfortunately, wanting to see it and seeing it are two very different things.  The film is not very re-watchable, and unless they greatly improve their cinematic plan for the sequel, this franchise will die faster than most of the bad guys in Max Payne’s way.


~ by maxaverage on February 8, 2009.

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