Max Payne (2008) Movies based on videogames, like the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider or Resident Evil franchises, tend to be hollow, hyperactive FX-laden blowouts. Max Payne has the… 2008-10-17 R PT98M Action/Adventure Mystery and Thriller Mark Wahlberg Beau Bridges Mila Kunis Ludacris 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

Max Payne (2008)

MPAA Rating: R
Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, ... | MAX PAYNE Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis
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MAX PAYNE Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis
EW's GRADE
D

Details Release Date: Oct 17, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 98 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Mark Wahlberg; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Movies based on videogames, like the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider or Resident Evil franchises, tend to be hollow, hyperactive FX-laden blowouts. Max Payne has the hollow part down pat, but there's nothing active about it. It's just a grindingly inert death-wish thriller in which Max (Mark Wahlberg), a stone-cold detective whose wife and infant were mysteriously murdered, tries to solve the crime and exact his revenge. The movie is a series of glum interrogation scenes that lead nowhere special, with a not-quite-sci-fi urban murkiness that makes it look like someone was trying to shoot Blade Runner in Cleveland. D

Originally posted Oct 16, 2008 Published in issue #1018 Oct 31, 2008 Order article reprints