Michael Gibson
Owen Gleiberman
October 24, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Max Payne

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/17/08
performer
Mark Wahlberg, Beau Bridges, Mila Kunis, Ludacris
director
John Moore
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Shawn Ryan
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a D

Movies based on videogames, like the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider or Resident Evil franchises, tend to be hollow, hyperactive FX-laden blowouts. Max Payne has the hollow part down pat, but there’s nothing active about it. It’s just a grindingly inert death-wish thriller in which Max (Mark Wahlberg), a stone-cold detective whose wife and infant were mysteriously murdered, tries to solve the crime and exact his revenge. The movie is a series of glum interrogation scenes that lead nowhere special, with a not-quite-sci-fi urban murkiness that makes it look like someone was trying to shoot Blade Runner in Cleveland. D

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