Sometimes, I think I watch films and review them just to prevent readers from wasting a hundred minutes of their lives. Such is the case here. Perhaps I expected more from Mark Wahlberg and Beau Bridges. Both actors do as well as can be expected in Max Payne, but those expectations are decidedly low. The film looks good, but the visuals carry a certain monotony—perhaps not really a surprise for a film based on a video game. The idea of employing drugs to create fearsome soldiers is interesting, if not new, but the story falls flat and is wholly unconvincing.
*½ (out of *****)
©2018 David R. George III
2008 • 100 MINUTES
20TH CENTURY FOX • FIRM FILMS • DEPTH ENTERTAINMENT
• MARK WAHLBERG
• JOHN MOORE
NO 2008 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS