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on 1 February 2009
'Max Payne' is based on the video game of the same name and stars Mark Wahlberg as the troubled cop, Max. After his wife and new born daughter are murdered, NYPD detective Max Payne dedicates his life to finding her killers, which leads to a pharmacuetical company that has been making a drug for soldiers which makes them feel no fear, bt also gives them powerful hallucinations.
To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this film - perhaps an hour and a half of brainless action like other videogame movies such as the Resident Evils and Doom, but this one actually had quite a good plot and felt more like an action thriller than a full-on weaponfest. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of gun battles and explosions but it did feel like the writers had used their imagination a little bit and the end result is a pretty well made, dark, violent and gritty movie that came well above my expectations.
Overall, even if you're not a fan of the game (like myself, who has never played it), it is a very watchable and entertaining film that will be better than you think. I definitely recommend giving this a watch.