**May Contain Spoilers**
Ok, so admittedly I don’t really go for the videogame/superhero/etc type films. I just watch them because my fiance wants to. That being said, I do occasionally enjoy them. However, with Max Payne while it was very very pretty, there was no substance whatsoever to the film. It seems like they spent an inordinate amount of time on making the film visually pleasing and then realized that they had to have some kind of story in it.
Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) is an antisocial cop working a quiet desk job on cold cases. That is until he gets a lead on someone who might have been responsible for killing his wife and child. You see, Max isn’t any ordinary guy, he’s a shoot’um up vigilante our for personal justice. The new lead brings him to several people who keep dying, and all have a strange tattoo of a wing. If this wasn’t surprising enough, we (although not Max) see winged creatures flying about and hurting people. Very supernatural.
As Max tracks down the killers he comes across several suprising leads and even experiences betrayal. With the help of a few people like his ex-partner (Donal Logue) and Mona Sax a Russian killer (Mila Kunis) he sets off to discover more information on the murders. Lots of shooting ensues and Max becomes dead set on killing the people responsible for his wife’s murder. In doing so, he will try to bring down a whole corporation and its security as well. The only trouble is that they’re out to kill him too.
Wahlberg as Max was very flat. There was no emotion to his acting and you couldn’t really feel the connection or that he was hurting because of his wife’s death. It was more that he was a robot doing a “terminator-style” killing of many many people. Not to mention, that as a cop, there is no way that he would have gotten away with what he did against all odds. Kunis as Sax was interesting. Having only seen her in cheery roles I kind of liked her as a tough girl. In fact, she had the most personality out of anyone in the film. Although they weren’t really characters I should talked about the “winged-things”. At first (having never played the video game) I thought these were part of the world and it was a supernatural world. Was I ever wrong; the creatures while not part of the world don’t have their existence explained until about half-way into the movie. It was odd.
The music was ok. Nothing memorable. What really stood out in this movie was the special effects. They did a great job on the special effects and were especially clever with their use of snow and different ways of shooting the scenes. The battle scenes were also very intricately done. In fact, the special effects are the only reason I gave his movie two stars instead of one.
Overall this movie went for flash instead of substance. And that’s sad because it could have easily had both. It seems the makers took the easy way out and just appealed to people’s like of special effects and violence but didn’t consider their want of a storyline as well. Only watch if you don’t care about a plotline.