If there is one reason to watch this film it is to see the feature film acting debut of Nelly Furtado….do I hear crickets? All kidding aside, this is a PG version of the über violent video game that had tons of fans. Fans of the video game won't be happy and neither will action film fans. All that leaves me with to say is that fans of Nelly Furtado might be happy as she does an okay job.
Detective Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg – The Italian Job – 2003, The Perfect Storm) is part of the cold case unit. His life seems to have no purpose now that his wife and child were killed. Payne now spends all his time hunting down their killers.
While on their trail at a party he meets two Russian sisters, Natasha (Olga Kurylenko – Quantum of Solace, Hitman) and Mona (Mila Kunis – Extract, Forgetting Sarah Marshall). Natasha comes home with Payne, but he ends up kicking her out.
Trouble crops up for him when Natasha turns up dead with Payne's wallet on her. Payne's ex-partner (Donal Logue – Zodiac, Ghost Rider) tries to warn him that he is in trouble, but it seems to fall on deaf ears. Alex sees the connection between Natasha's death and Payne's wife's (Marianthi Evans – first feature film) murder. Before he can do something Alex is murdered and Payne himself is attacked.
As if he doesn't have enough to worry about, Mona comes after Payne thinking he killed her sister. After convincing her he did not kill Natasha they both begin looking for a man named Owen Green (Joel Gordon – Urban Legends: Final Cut). Payne begins to realize that his wife's death had something to do with where she worked. She worked a drug company that was developing something for soldiers called Valkyr.
As the film really has no tie to the video game I really don't understand why it was made at all. Am I being harsh? I don't think so! For the following reasons: What should have been a mix of violent graphic novel meets John Woo-style action flick is nothing more than a yawner. None of the action is kick ass enough and the way the film is shot is a poor attempt at film noir. The story weaves and bobs from one path to another and ends up making very little sense. Or none that I could glean from it. The direction of the film is filled with many awkward moments. Some parts look great, but then elements are added in that are just ridiculous.
It ends up being a film that you watch thinking it will become better any minute now, but it never does. Too bad for fans of the character.
-Michelle Payne Graphic Novel
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