Monday, July 24, 2017

Max Payne (2008)

Max Payne is one of those movie you forget how bad it is. It tries to get similar feel as Cobra but fails miserably. It looks like movie I should like but it doesn't work. First it is Max Payne who is unlikeable. His introduction was badly written. In fact all the dialog at the first half hour is badly written.

Story could have worked if it was told differently. Now we follow unlikeable guy who tries to make us care him even less. Character can be unlikeable if he or she is interesting. Max Payne has no interesting characteristics. We should root for Max and Mila Kunis' character. I couldn't care less about them.

Movie introduces many characters without ever getting back to them. If it gets back to them they are different than what they were introduced. Something has happened off screen and now this guy who didn't like Max previously is his best friend or something. Then you get scene where armed to the teeth office security guards start war in full office and no-one calls police because that is normal day in said office.

Movie looks ok and has ok soundtrack. It would probably work better is you could mute everything other than the score. Score is not great. It is better than rest of the movie. Movie is based on a game where you could slow down time. So there had to be slow motion shots which destroyed the rhythm of the scene.

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