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Mark Wahlberg delivers an explosive performance in this action-packed thriller based on the legendary, hard-hitting video game. Max Payne is a maverick cop with little regard for rules and nothing left to lose. Hell-bent on revenge, he's determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family, but his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmarish journey.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: While it boasts some stylish action, Max Payne suffers severely from an illogical plot and overdirection.
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Common Sense Says
Video game adaptation is bloody but boring.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this video game-based action movie -- which was originally rated R and still feels more like that than a PG-13 -- is extremely violent and loaded with images of characters shooting or being shot. The plot revolves around a major corporation murdering to protect the money it's making after turning a failed military performance-enhancing drug into a street drug. The lead character takes a couple of doses to take advantage of the drug's energizing properties after a near-fatal drowning, so the last 20 minutes of the film are seen, in part, through his hallucinatory perspective. In addition to the constant violence, the movie also has plenty of salty language, sexual content, and drinking.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Action, Drama
- Release Date:October 17, 2008
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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