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Max Payne Maxes Out at PG-13

Published October 1, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox, GameDaily
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While every media update for Max Payne suggested that the vidgame adaptation was rated R, it turns out that the film might have taken its first misstep, as the MPAA has agreed to rate the film PG-13. Good for Moore, I guess, but I don't like the film's new direction.

Max Payne Not as Payne-ful

The good people at GameDaily caught up with director John Moore to discuss his recent 'battle' with the MPAA in an attempt to get Max Payne stamped with the more audience-friendly PG-13 rating. With what he calls only a few minor snips, the film achieved just that.

JM: To be quite honest, this article hit a few nerves around town and maybe some people felt an opportunity to say what they really feel about our rating system. Clearly there's a lot of unhappiness about the lack of clarity and what one studio gets to do over another. This is the movie business. It's very silly and dangerous to speak of a moral victory, but I feel we got what was fair.

BIZ: What will gamers have to look forward to when Max Payne eventually comes out on Blu-ray disc and DVD?

JM: There's what I call the Gamer Dedicated Cut of the movie. It's a little slower and a little more atmospheric. There are some rougher edges on it, but it's not going to be a bloodfest. I want this to be the Max Payne that I set out to shoot. It's not that I wanted to release one version in the theaters and make a cheap buck by following up with a blood-drenched DVD version. The movie you see in the theaters will be an intense experience and the movie you see on DVD will be as intense an experience with some extra sensibilities for people who really adore the game.

Now I can only wonder whether the cut footage was action sequences or extra female skin. I don't know which of the two I'd choose...

Max Payne opens to theaters on October 17th.

For the trailers, posters, stills and more movie info, go to the Max Payne Movie Page.

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