Coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City are a DEA agent whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.
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Max Payne (14A) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Actors need lots of good common sense to pick effective roles. Fresh off a lackluster turn in The Happening Mark Wahlberg (Shooter) bounces back admirably in Max Payne, a wildly flambouyant and fun journey into the dark side from 20th Century Folks now firing people up at Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.
Followers of the movies will know that in recent years a number of popular video games have been immortalized by Hollywood. Many of these efforts have been flops. Not so here. Action fans should adore this descent into a dark world populated by some pretty unsavory characters.
At the heart of this 100 minute revenge tale is Max Payne. Mad at having his wife and daughter murdered the New York policeman now bides his time largely segregated in the cold case section. No one can get over the loss of a loved one and in MaxÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s case he pushes on. Against this brooding backdrop we are led into the underbelly of New York where Max meets up with some pretty ghastly people with even worse motivations.
Up against the wall Max locks horns with some mysterious force and is thrust head first into a mystery of tangled webs. Bad guys that are truly evil are out to get Max who also becomes embroiled with plenty of dangerous women whose secrets figure prominently in this tale of revenge, strange cult activities and the odd sadist out for blood.
Graphic and at times blood curdling, Max Payne is a wondrous adventure into the dark side. Wahlberg is terrific as the conflicted cop who just canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let go. Half of the Bridges brothers, Beau (Jerry Maguire) turns up as a police friend alongside Chris OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell (Kinsey) whose there as one of many Payne acquaintances.
Atmosphere means a lot in these sort of dark-tinged movies and director John Moore does a good job creating a really dark, menacing world. Where Payne walks you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to tread lightly and the characters he comes up with are worthy of any comic book franchise. Though weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen this sort of revenge tale time and time again, with the recent Death Race a prime example of itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lasting popularity, here the fresh approach of a strange new world really pulls you in. Sexy offerings by Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as a woman on the make and Ludacris as another crime lord bring further gravitas to this story.
Look for Max Payne to be anything but painful for the adventure seeking crowd who may want more as in a follow-up to the relentless efforts displayed by this crime fighter/avenge seeker extraordinaire.
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