My Thoughts on Max Payne

About four years ago, I bought the original Max Payne PC game from a bargain bin. I played through the entire game within a week and I was totally engrossed with its film noir-inspired story and its John Woo-inspired action.

I wish I could say the same for the movie.

I really hate it when I end up not liking a movie that I desperately want to like. However, the film reinterpreted the plot of the game to the point that it just became a gloomy mess that only had a small fraction to do with the game I enjoyed so much.

I could probably spend all day listing my beefs with the movie (the biggest being the totally unnecessary Valkyrie hallucinations), but I will just summarize by saying that maybe next time they adapt a video game for the big screen, they look closer at the story that is already there.


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).