It’s Marky Mark in slow-mo, people. But really, this movie isn’t as bad as it sounds. In fact, it’s extremely underrated and I actually had a good time watching this, if only because of the nostalgia factor.
Max Payne’s (Mark Wahlberg) wife and daughter have been murdered, and Max has only taken down two of the three killers. So he hunts for news of the third at his job in the cold case division of the NYPD. Eventually, one of his collegues discovers something and alerts Max they need to meet up, but gets killed before he can deliver Max the clues. So, Max goes on a wild goose chase to trace the clues, discover a government conspiracy (fourth one this week for my reviews, I think) and take down a drug operation that’s controlling New York’s slums.
Mila Kunis has a role in this movie as Mona Sax, but she’s pretty minor. The big acting is divided between Wahlberg and Beau Bridges (who portrays B.B. Hensley, the movie’s main ____ [for sake of spoilers]), and they both do pretty well in their respective roles. Max is a little too reserved for my taste, lacking some of the dry humor and sarcasm his video game counterpart had. Hensley did a good job at being the despicable idiot that every movie-goer wants to hate, and that about sums up the major roles’ performances.
The movie is relatively light on action, only having about three obvious sequences of serious fighting. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering these three sequences are pretty great, but otherwise the movie is one big “undercover cop goes to find out some hidden truth” story, with lots of plot and dialogue. That’s all fine and dandy, but in a movie adaptation, it wouldn’t have hurt to add maybe two more big combat scenes into the mix, if only for the sake of the audience’s attention. The Bullet Time effects are pretty cool though, if a little overdrawn (seriously, Marky Mark moves like ttttthhhhhiiiiiisssssss).
Overall, Max Payne isn’t the best action movie and it definitely didn’t have any Oscar worthy performances like the video game, but it was a cool adaptation. It’s definitely a good time if you’re a fan of the series.