Max Payne

I enjoy some of the neo-noir films which have come out lately, especially those influenced by the graphic novel genre.  After all, that is where noir went, especially into the writing of Frank Miller.  Sin City, the movie and especially the graphic novels, are the perfect example of this.  Now there is a new movie out which draws much from this dark and troubled tradition.

Starting this January 20th, now available on DVD from MGM Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes a story about a cop who will do anything to get his man and was in one of the best video games at the time.  Max Payne – Unrated is ready to explode out of your television screen and transport you to a gritty and hyper-realistic New York City with a dark, terrible secret.  Bring home this dark and brooding film today!

Max Payne is a detective in New York City, stuck at the Cold Case desk.  His wife and child were murdered three years ago and he has spent that time chasing down every lead he can find.  They all come up dead, until his former partner discovers something that leaves him dead as well.  Now the chase is one and the body count keeps building up.  But what does a designer drug and a bunch of junkies, his wife’s old job and one of his best friends have to do with the whole scheme?  The answer is explosive.  Directed by John Moore, this film stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Chris O’Donnell, Amaury Nolasco, Nelly Furtado and Olga Kurylenko.

As far as special features go, this disc includes the unrated version and the theatrical version of this film, a digital copy for your portable media player, an optional audio commentary from the director and others, a featurette about the making of this film and a fantastic graphic novel about the story of Michelle Payne.

A lot of critics have been ragging on this film and I think some of it is certainly unwarranted.  No one thought this was going to be the next There Will Be Blood.  It’s based off of a video game and it stars Mark Wahlberg.  Now I love Mark Wahlberg and I really loved the video game.  I thought it was a decent movie, although people really don’t just stand in the rain and have conversations like that.  The pervasive dark, neo-noir feeling was fantastic and you could feel the dirty city closing in on you.  It was great to see Olga Kurylenko looking better than in the Bond movie and I didn’t catch Nelly Furtado the first time I watched the movie.  Seeing Mila Kunis is always a treat and I actually respected and enjoyed Ludacris as Lt. Jim Bravura.  It was fun to catch some of the scenes they copied directly from the game and some of the visual clues they left in that refer back to the gameplay are always appreciated.  I enjoyed this movie – it was a nice way to just shut my brain down and get some enjoyment out of a film where so much stuff blows up.

Watch this and you’ll believe in Payne.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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