Max Payne, the PC game, earned it’s fame by being a stylish, inventive game that never denied it’s roots in hard boiled crime fiction.
Max Payne, the movie, was unfortunately hell-bent on going in the direct opposite direction, showing a painfully lack of either style or inventiveness. And instead of honoring it’s roots it appears to us as a petty thief.
The movie’s poster, which uses the backdrop of a lighted bridge arc to create a image of Wahlberg (who’s boyish looks don’t fit the character at all) as an avenging angel, already marks the height of originality. Although, fairness probably demands to note that the harebrained idea of producing a PG-rated action movie based on a R-rated action game is kind of original in it’s own right.
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"When someone doesn't show up, the people who wait sometimes tell stories about what might have happened and come to half believe the desertion, the abduction, the accident. Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don't--and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they too contain the unknown."— Rebecca Solnit