Pros: Not like the game, Mark Wahlburg is great, special effects are good
Cons: BB is the wrong age, needs more slow motion shotgun scenes
First off, If you didn't already know, this game was based off Remedy Entertainment's title, "Max Payne". Rockstar is also known for publishing it. This game was a major hit back in 2000, where third person shooters were barely known and not to mention the graphics. But this isn't a review about the game, so let's carry on.
Max Payne is a detective for the NYPD, and in the movie he works the old cases. Keep in mind I'm doing this off the top of my head so excuse the poor detail. From the video game you learn right off the back that Max has been traumatized for the rest of his life by coming home to intruders who killed his wife, and his infant daughter. In the movie you figure out it was three men, two were still found in the house later to be pummeled by the Payne Train, and the other not so obvious. If you have not seen the movie, I hope you do soon because it's an action movie you must see.
For an hour and 45 minute movie, it was action packed. It's more based around drama about Max's family murder, than it is about the Beretta's being fired at slow motion. Although, they do take the time to make scenes with extremely stunning slow motion shootouts. From the first time I saw this movie back when it came out, up until now, I still remember the moment where Max jumps backwards with a pump-action shotgun and blows away his enemy. (No one important of course)
The movie has very good special effects, your standard gun sounds you can find off a soundboard somewhere on the internet, and the men dropping like dominos when shot with a 9mm in the stomach. Don't get me wrong, you barely notice it, but once you really look into it, it gets sort of obvious. Explosions on the other hand, I would give two thumbs up. In the game explosions were amazing, when something blew up, it BLEW up. Not just fire and scattered shrapnel, it went kaboom!
Storyline-wise, it's very easy to follow even if you have not played the game. It would take a maximum of two watches of the movie to fully understand it. If you want a short summary, it's a revenge movie. There you go.
Acting-wise, Mark Wahlberg doesn't exactly look like Max Payne from the games, but he has that dark and mysterious personality to him when you put him in a leather jacket. Overall it has incredible acting, and you will fall in love with Max Payne by the end of the film. BB didn't really fit his character at all. Yes he has the same personality, but in the game BB is not a middle-aged man. I love the actor who plays him and all, but it's not right age-wise.
In conclusion I can honestly say I'm still amazed with this movie. It's not MEANT to be following the game exactly. I mean, if you wanted to watch this movie to watch all the cutscenes in the game, why bother? Wouldn't you want something new? It has the same concept, but with a twist! They didn't ruin the series by any mean, they only made it more incredible. Max Payne has that feel to it that it HAS to be a movie. The plot is perfect for a movie, and they made it. You wouldn't want a movie about Red Dead Redemption would you? If you want western, watch a Clint Eastwood movie! So overall, I give it a solid 9/10.