15 certificateMax Payne is a Film programme that first aired in 2008 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Max Payne is a 3 star programme

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Max Payne (2008)

Directed by
John Moore

When his wife and young son are murdered, New York detective Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) sets out to find the killer. Through his underworld contacts Max meets the sultry Natasha Sax (Olga Kurylenko) and her firebrand sister Mona (Mila Kunis) who he believes may have information on the case. After Natasha is brutally murdered, however, Max is falsely implicated in the killing and teams up with Mona to try to find the real killer. Coming to learn that a powerful hallucinogenic drug known as Valkyr is somehow connected to not only Natasha's death but the death of his family, Max sets out to wreak vengeance on those responsible.

Based on the hit 2001 video game most famous for its Matrix-style 'bullet time' mechanics, it's somewhat ironic that a game so heavily influenced by a film now has its own movie adaptation. Brought to the screen by fiery Irish director John Moore, best known for his recent remakes of The Omen and Flight of the Phoenix, Max Payne is most notable for its incredibly gloomy visual palette which seems to be made up of various shades of black.

Cutting a swathe through the murk is a bemused looking Wahlberg, who comes to life in the stylish slo-mo gun battles, with an underused Kunis - recently seen in Forgetting Sarah Marshall - showing promise as the feisty, gun-toting Mona. A film noir for the CGI generation, Max Payne delivers explosive gunplay and enjoyable gumshoe clich├ęs by the bucketload, just don't expect Shakespearean dialogue and a sensible plot.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2008

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg...Max Payne
Image for Mila KunisMila Kunis...Mona Sax
Image for Beau BridgesBeau Bridges...BB Hensley
Image for LudacrisLudacris...Lt. Jim Bravura
Image for Chris OChris O'Donnell...Jason Colvin
Donal Logue...Det. Alex Balder
Image for Amaury NolascoAmaury Nolasco...Jack Lupino
Kate Burton...Nicole Horne
Image for Olga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko...Natasha Sax
Rothaford Gray...Joe Salle
Joel Gordon...Owen Green
Image for Jamie HectorJamie Hector...Lincoln DeNeuf
Andrew Friedman...Trevor Duncan
Marianthi Evans...Michelle Payne
Nelly Furtado...Christa Balder