Anyone familiar with the phrase “What you see is what you get?” That pretty much sums up Max Payne. If you’re kinda lineant as to if you wanna watch the movie or not, watch the trailer. If you think it’s epic and cool, you’ll like the movie. If you’re indifferent or hate it, don’t watch the movie. The movie takes place in a dark and gritty crime ruled Gotham City New York (I assume), where detective Max Payne is cleaning up the cities, following noone’s rules (not even his own), and trying to solve his wife’s murder along with a conspiracy behind a new drug craze. The dark and stylized look of the city is the best thing the movie has going for it. The bleak atmosphere accompanied by great accents on reds and blues is actually kinda beautiful. Also, the slo-mo action frames are also pretty kick-butt. No matter how cliche or already done it may seem, it’s undeniably awesome to see Mark Wahlberg flying backwards through the air in his super-soldier form blasting a shotgun. The valkyrie sequences with the giant flying demon things are pretty cool too, the nice blend of CGI and Puppet work comes off great and goes well with the dark atmosphere. The movie actually does well at mixing the dark crime world with the supernatural complexes. Mark Wahlberg’s cool, but the rest of the cast’s okay. The movie’s got your pretty standard action movie elements. You’ve got your semi-surprising plot twist, your run and gun shooting, and your so-so acting, just don’t expect anything Oscar-worthy here. If you’re just looking for a pretty fun action romp for a Friday night with a neat atmosphere to it, even though there’s better stuff out there, Max Payne’s worth your $2.50 (or $5 now thanks to our Basketball team).
4 out of 5