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Max Payne: Another Horrid Vidgame Adaptation?

Published October 15, 2008 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox, AICN
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I didn't want to get my hopes on the latest vidgame adaptation, Max Payne, but I couldn't help myself after so many cool trailers. The film looks badass. Unfortunately, the first screening report to surface claims that this is not the case.

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The good people at AICN have posted what looks to be the first screening report for Max Payne and it isn't pretty. As a matter of fact, it absolutely thrashes the film.

Then the reality of the film began to seep in. Horrid dialogue, surprisingly bad acting across the board, and some really dodgy sound editing -- have you ever noticed sound editing before? neither -- helped to drive an already sub-standard plot further into the ground.

I never have much interest in recounting a film's plot in my reviews, and having next-to-no memory of said plot doesn't help much. Payne's after the people who killed his wife, some people turn out to double-cross him, etc etc. It's so unbelievably dull, I'm struggling to find the energy to even write about it.

Timothy Olyphant couldn't do it -- he struggled through all of Hitman's running time -- and it now looks like Mark Wahlberg will be the latest actor to unsuccessfully adapt a popular video game. Sigh. Check out the entire report at AICN.

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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