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Trio of Teen Critics Disappointed by Max Payne

Teen critics left wanting by Max's pain (Twentieth Century Fox)

By Nick Alva

Max Payne (opened October 17 throughout San Diego) is a film based off a video game sold for the PS2 in 2001 it is an action film. It is about a man trying to find the killers of his family, the film begins at the end of the story and transitions back to the beginning. After the murder of Max's family he transfers to the cold case section of the police station obsessed with trying to find the last person involved in the murder of his family. He continues living his life for the sole purpose of getting revenge. The movie is filled with action packed scenes and some of the special features in the video game are shown in the film as well. Features like Max's slow motion mode and him flying in the air still shooting his gun. The film mostly takes place in the snowy dark setting of New York. The storyline of the film is very different from the video game but both are driven by a revenge plotline.

When I was waiting to watch this film I was filled with excitement because I liked the video game so much. But as soon as I started watching the film, I almost fell asleep, When I hear Max Payne I quickly think of killing criminals jumping off walls, and flying in the air while still killing people. But the film was the complete opposite with more talking than action, which was not what I expected in the Max Payne film. It reminded me more of the CSI TV show. Don't get me wrong, the few action scenes in the Max Payne movie were insane and had me jumping off my seat but there weren't enough. However, I believe that Mark Wahlberg does an excellent job in this film as the title character and he fit the role perfectly. Other than that, the film was a disappointment and didn't grab my attention. I suppose if you like the game you would like this film, but if you're the kind of person who likes to see good movies then I wouldn't recommend viewing this film, it would only disappoint you.


ronald rosales from spring valley
November 06, 2008 at 07:20 PM
i think that this movie looks, sounds interesting. For a action movie fanatic... i would recommend people to watch this movie.

Sam Flores from Mount Miguel
November 06, 2008 at 07:22 PM
I remember the first time i played, i fell in love with it. I loved all the action of the game, and I'm a bit disappointed to see that there isn't the essence of action I expected. I would still want to see for myself, but I'd probably play the game to see more action. Great review.

November 06, 2008 at 07:23 PM
tHIs review made the movie sound so boring and uninteresting. Now i know not to go and watch this movie

Jason Cruz from Mount Miguel
November 06, 2008 at 07:28 PM
Reading his review makes want to watch this movie. Do to the fact that I really like playing the games and I really like the fact that, how they turn an action game into a movie. Thats what makes it more intersting, and that what makes me want to watch this movie. GOOD JOB ON THE REVIEW!


Eric Aramburo from Mount Miguel High School
November 06, 2008 at 07:29 PM
ronald rosales.. i gotta disagree with u dude. normally any time a videogame is made into a movie it ALWAYS fails! i honestly dont want to see it because the game was lame!

Daniel Hernandez from mount miguel
November 06, 2008 at 07:41 PM
i agree with frank thies movie is so boring that a can sleep i spect more from the movie but was noy poble the game is more interestan than the movie

Karl Kachele
November 06, 2008 at 08:54 PM
i really enjoyed the video game and wanted to watch this film even though many people have said that it is lacking action. after reading this critic i am discouraged to watch this film but i probably still will

Smajic Muhamed from Mount Miguel High School
November 06, 2008 at 08:56 PM
The movie reviews were very well put, in fact I m going to view this movie in the next few days. This movies has all the Noir film qualities. The way these reviews were put toghether the main role you max payne, gave me a sence about what the movie is about. Very well done.

David Gonzalez from mount miguel
November 06, 2008 at 09:00 PM
I havent seen this movie but i hope what the people are saying isnt true because i want to see this movie and i hope there is alot of action. I too played the video game and i freakin' loved it. I love you too jk no homo!

Smajic Muhamed from Mount Miguel High School
November 06, 2008 at 09:04 PM
I agree with Karl about the video game, but i havn't played it. It would ruin the whole movie night. Besides that, i would play the game after i see it. The movie and a film rarely play the same role, so they make it more exciting for the viewer.