Max Payne (film)

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"Remember when you were a kid and you'd hold your breath when you run past a graveyard?"

"The Devil is building his army. Max Payne is looking for something that God wants to stay hidden. That is what makes him more dangerous."

Max Payne is an action film from the year 2008. Based on the video game series of same name, it was directed by John Moore[1] and it stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges and Ludacris.

Unlike the game, in this adaptation the framed fugitive undercover detective Max Payne is a cold case detective obsessed with finding the killer of his wife and child. His personal investigations gets him involved in the killing of Natasha Sax and his fellow detective Alex Balder (who has been on the case of the preceding) by the ex-marine Jack Lupino. Natasha's sister Mona, convinced that Max is the perpetrator, sets her sights on him. After the things clear up between them, they form an alliance to solve Natasha's murder and it's link to the new drug Valkyr which has been flooding the streets.

Reception of the film was generally negative with its plot and its cast's efforts being most criticized aspects. The false marketing that made the film seem like a supernatural actioner a la Constantine didn't help much either.

Tropes used in Max Payne (film) include:
  1. (who also did Behind Enemy Lines and the remakes of The Flight of the Phoenix and The Omen)