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Can It Be?? MAX PAYNE Still Looks Cool, Even After This New Trailer!?!?

Merrick here...
When I saw the first trailer for this film a while back (HERE), I was surprised and impressed by...well...pretty much everything in it. Didn't expect much from a video game adaptation, and didn't expect much from hit/miss director John Moore. YAHOO MOVIES has just posted (and, thoughtfully, released a supporting embed) a new trailer for MAX PAYNE. Bewilderingly, it still looks pretty damn cool as far as I'm concerned. This said, I don't know too much about the video game...so I'm judging this almost exclusively on its own merits. What do you think?

Guns are a perfect accessory for Kunis.

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  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    it'

    by welbrick

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Not bad

    by originalmemflix

    for a marilyn manson video

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    First

    by Briannicus

    Lookin forward to this, could be decent

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    it's all very pretty

    by welbrick

    but also very fake feeling (sorry for double post)

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    DAMMIT

    by Briannicus

    in the 20 sexonds it took me to post first 2 other numbnuts posted before me :P

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Crap

    by rsswope

    Crap video game. Crap movie. WOW! C.R.A.P. Communists Really Are Persistent Georgia on my mind....

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    manson

    by originalmemflix

    The last 30 seconds were so incomprehensible it just came off as neo-"goth," for the I-got-angst-in-my-pants-and-I-like_it" crowd. Also looks like a Constantine retread. But I've never played the game.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Crap video game?

    by TheMcflyFarm

    are you mentally retardicapped?

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    well at least it looks like its actually following the plot of t

    by gwarwilleatyou

    Not that that is always a good thing.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    I would punch every child on earth...

    by Galva

    ... if Mila Kunis asked me to. If it would get me in her good graces, I would kick terminal cancer patients in the crotch. Just to be with her. Hey... that would make a neat song... Oh, and cool trailer. Never played the game, but I'll definitely hit the theater for this (unless the reviews are abysmal).

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    damn subject line plot of the video game

    by gwarwilleatyou

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Not bad

    by Volstaff

    Cautiously optimistic I guess. Looks a lot like Constantine though ( hopefully will be better than that). I don't remember much from the computer game except for the ultra cheesy dialogue and these weird,trippy dream sequences you played through.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah. Looks like they nailed the tone as well.

    by fractureJonze

    This looks like it hits all the points that made Max Payne what it was, without turning it into a cartoon. Hope it doesn't suck.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    They should get rid of the Max

    by Aiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeee!!!

    And call it Constantine 2 That would be HOT

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by CloneWars

    If only cool trailers = good movies

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Hmm..a little misleading if you don't know

    by Just another useless chump with a microphone

    If I hadn't played the games? I'd think this was a trailer for some supernatural thriller in the vein of say, Constantine. <p> It looks amazing, don't get me wrong. But I can only guess (or more accurately, FUCKING HOPE) That all the scenes with the Valkyries and swirling fiery sky and dissolving building, etc....are when someone, maybe even Max, is completely tripping balls off of Valkyr, the drug that the games center around. <p> Also, I really hope they keep the dark, noir-ish poetry voiceovers from the game, even possibly some of the comic book style of exposition. But that MIGHT not work with the way they're doing this.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:42 p.m. CST

    FUCK YEAH

    by Jack_Bauer

    I'm hoping this lives up to that trailer because as a fan of the games, it just owned my ass.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Marky Mark got a movie right for once!

    by BatPsycho

    looking pretty sweet. I'll go see it now.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    As a fan of the game...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...I think it looks pretty flippin' cool. This is a movie I'd pay to see. <P> And they should make Constantine 2 as well. Without Shia.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    The Pantene commercial was better

    by GeekySciFiAnimeFreak

    mmm hmm

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I'll be catching this film like aids

    by Stengah

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    that means fuck yeah im watching it

    by Stengah

    MAX PAYNE!!! PAYNE TO DA MAX!!!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    The Flesh of Fallen Angels

    by redfist

    Valkyr- the drug the game is centered around must be taken to new levels in the movie, or mazbe those angels are metoforical(sp),

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Never really played this game, is this what was going on?

    by Stormwatcher

    Cuz that was not what I pegged the game to be about from reading the backcover. VERN should review this trailer. This will be DTV for me no matter what after seeing SHooter in theatre.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Oh and wtf about that tapon commercial at the start?

    by Stormwatcher

    Was this sold right? What demographic is on this fern site?

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST

    A question

    by Phategod2

    I watched the trailer a few weeks ago and I have not wtched the one herer I never played the game But I'm well versed in Videogames as far as I know there is no Supernatural aspect to Max Payne but in trailer I saw a bunch of skeletal Angel what the F was up with that was that? Is that in the game?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:02 a.m. CST

    sorry for the poor grammer

    by Phategod2

    I'm about to leave and in a rush.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    WTF- Pantene Shampoo

    by Rubiks Doob

    What does that have to do with Max Payne?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Now that looks fucking cool!

    by Turd Furgeson

    When does that come out? Whatever Marilyn Manson song that was just totally made the trailer! Perfect! I'm excited to see this.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST

    I really should hate this

    by wash

    It looks corny as FUCK. But damn if it doesn't make me want to take along a 19 YO Hot Topic betty and and kill some brain cells for a hour and a half.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Crow feeling to it in parts.

    by medicinaluser

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Marky Mark aint been the same

    by medicinaluser

    Since Clooney dumped him for Pitt.He isnt right for this they should have gone for someone like....oh I dunno ......Pitt

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST

    I'm The Dude's BROTHER!

    by SpanksterOfLove

    Beau Bridges is in a movie that doesn't have the Lifetime or Hallmark stamp of approval? I'm so there. and I would like to have relations with Maria Menudo and her Pantene flavored hair.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    All I know...

    by TheWacoKid

    Is that I need Pantene Pro-V right now! Also, this movie looks a lot better then I have thought it would look. So for now at least, the trailers look great, however trailers have done me wrong on many an occasion in the past.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:17 a.m. CST

    About the game...

    by TheWacoKid

    I played the game years ago, and I all I remember that those angelic demons were a big part of the game, and there was a major demonic aspect. It started out as just a cop and the game became more and more supernatural, so yes it was definitely part of the game. The game also had many playable levels inside his dreams, which were amazing, I'm hoping there are some sweet parts in his dreams.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    It's the best thing about Babylon A.D.

    by fofo

    This trailer being in front of that movie helped. God, Babylon was hilariously bad..NO wonder the director is pissed.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    at the end, payne lands in washington, and donkey kong is prez!

    by ironic_name

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    mila kunis' voice...

    by dingus khan

    ...makes my asshole clench so tightly, my underwear has bite marks in them. <p> "but, dude, she's hot." <p> great, she should do print porn. <p> also, she is a TERRIBLE actress. TERRIBLE. <p> TERRIBLE.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Max Payne 3?

    by ribbitking

    I'm not very in tune with the gaming world, but i freaking love this series. Any word on another sequel?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Based on a game which is a classic due to its storyline.

    by indianstallion

    Max Payne is a classic for two reasons. First was the introduction of bullet-time mode which was super cool, and secondly for its engrossing storyline that was unlike the other games at the time. And as someone mentioned the game also includes levels where he is hallucinating, which accounts for some of the fantasy elements, but yeah I can't remember the angels, it was eons ago since I played it. I can't wait for the movie.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    looks cool

    by BrightEyes

    not sure about kunis, she's very hot and adorable I just don't know if she works as Mona sax?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST

    looks

    by boomeryap

    its got the tone, the grit...but the constantine like hell angels dont really fit the bill. not to say constantine wasn't great to watch, but wouldve preferred a crime drama better.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    regarding the game

    by boomeryap

    the game was awesome to play...both max payne 1 and 2...spent nights on my pc digging the graphic novel style story telling. looking forward to what mila will bring too. :)

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    I liked that trailer...

    by ebonic_plague

    ...I still have no idea what this movie/game is even about, though. I thought Max Payne was like a GTA knock off. And I think that was Jamaican Marlo Stanfield doing the trailer exposition narration.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST

    i don't remember flying demons from the game

    by briantag

    looks like Constantine

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    I travel wide, and I travel far...

    by DavidDuchovneys_wandering_cock

    but rarely have I ever seen anything this cool.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Looks nice, but old.

    by La Frog

    A bit too 90s no? a slice of John Woo, the pseudo dark style à la The Crow (at least without the brooding mime)? But it certainly looks quite nice. Of course it would be even better if the morons in charge of those movies didn't always believe that their demographic targets imply that we have to suffer the same ugly noisy crappy music on all of their trailers.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Kunis

    by Wogga Wogga

    is no Mona Sax. Hollywood Miscasts Yet Another Female Lead Award #3371. It looks good, but then cutting a decent trailer is easy. Don't mind Marky Mark, but I still don't understand HOW he manages to land these movies. He giving good head to execs?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    okay, im the target (larger) audience.

    by soup74

    im a gamer, who never played max payne, therefore im in the target audience. (these movies have to be made for fans, as well as non-fans.) so as someone who doesnt know what each character is 'supposed' to look like, i have to say this looks pretty cool. i dont care if the angels were in the game or not, they look pretty cool.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    i will not see this until Fox withdraws their suit

    by slder78

    against WB/Watchmen. That's right Rothman fuck you and your PG-13 world.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Hmmmmmmmm

    by Viewer 3

    As a huge fan of the game, I can't help but actually like this trailer. But I can't quite separate the fan in me from the movie critic, so I'm not sure if it only looks good to me because it does a good job at nailing the game, or if I'd think it was just some garbage high-school-demographic flick. The fact that the "supernatural" stuff has to just be a drug induced side effect has been beaten to death, but I'll agree that it's pretty much the only option since the game has nothing to do with the supernatural, thus there's no way at all they could even remotely work it into the story for the film without utterly butchering everything else. So that, I've decided, is a plus. I wasn't thrilled about Mark, he's never really given me anything that I've been too impressed with. But then again, I can't really see too many people playing the role of Max Payne, so after seeing him in action I'll let it pass for now. As far as the narration goes, I definitely hope they keep it. That's one of the things that made the game, for me at least. Some call it cheesy, but that's like calling the dialog in comic book bubbles "corny"; it's not supposed to be Shakespeare. But even thought it was at times needlessly and overly poetic, it still gave the character a dimension beyond just some stereotypical cop out for vengeance. So I hope they can work the narration in somehow, though I'm not sure how good it'll turn out (even the opening narration for the trailer doesn't quite hit the same notes as the game version.) It's going to be hard to do the "man with nothing left to lose" thing after it's been done so many times. The game pulled it off well but it was a video game; film is obviously a different stage. This movie needs lots of seriousness, lots of inner mourning and self-reflection, and intensity to really pull it off. I'd much rather it be more about the man and less about his bullets. Speaking of bullets, there's no way around using the Woo stuff simply because it made the game famous. It may get a few eye-rolls from people who have seen the Matrix one too many times, but if somehow done tastefully and sparsely, it could work. All in all, not much hope for this movie, simply because it's Hollywood, and a video game property. It's easy to cut a good trailer, so from the trailer alone I see a lot of potential. But I fear it'll all just end up as wishful thinking.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Sigh

    by Viewer 3

    Totally forgot my line breaks there. I won't bother reposting.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Played both games... the film appears pretty spot on.

    by Kampbell-Kid

    The only part that threw me off in the trailers have been the heavy use of Valkyries, but in the game narrative the drug Valkyr produces these hallucinations of Valkyries. So I guess it's the films way of elevating this plot point. I just hope it doesn't distract the greater story being told.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST

    slder78

    by sloanist

    you're like a child. you have no power. rothman is indeed a fuck, but you are delusional to think that you or any other fanboy can do anything to fox. are you going to boycott cameron next year, too? Uh, that would be a no.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST

    There's got to be a family guy joke

    by gotilk

    in there somewhere. Remember the time Meg played a vampire hunter?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Fucking Commercial BEFORE a Commercial????

    by Hovitos2k

    WTF???? Based off the trailer, I might actually like a Marky Mark movie. Very WOO'ish, and I love old school Woo. Don't mind the supernatural aspects if it's a good story with some good action. Hope it's as dark and gritty as the trailer makes it out to be. I'll be there when it comes out.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Shut up Meg

    by thinboyslim.

    i love the kunis!

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Michael Madsen

    by conniebrean1

    ...would have made a pretty great Max Payne. Marky Mark looks like he'll do a decent job here, but I always pictured Payne a little older and a lot gruffer. Mickey Rourke might have been good too, a few years back. I'm just glad they didn't go with Ben Affleck, who actually looks the part. That said, this trailer looks pretty sweet. I don't remember as many drug hallucinations in the game as appear to be in the movie, but maybe the trailer's just a bit misleading. Remember when that Drug Lord is tripping and he says "I have tasted the flesh of fallen angels?" That was fucked up. The first game was fantastic, a real underrated gem. The second game was good, but there was this point where you had to jump from one fire escape to the other, and I just couldn't do it. Not under duress, not under some sort of time limit. Just jump from point A to point B. And I couldn't do it, so I said "fuck this game" and never went back. Same thing happened with the first Tomb Raider. Damn jumps. The world's a twisted place.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Just play the games.

    by Reelheed

    This looks like it might be a good film. But. It cannot possibly be as amazing and as immersive as the games are.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    They nailed the look but

    by aversiontherapy2

    the weak link could be Kunis, cute as she is she just doesn't look convincing as a bad ass. Maybe it will work, I hope so, but doubt it.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Beau Bridges

    by mighty boosh

    Nice to see him working.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST

    "still"? Yeah, if you're Merrick.

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    This didn't look cool in the first place, so it can't continute to look cool, especially in an incredibly uncool trailer. I suggest you rent We Own The Night, The Killer and The Matrix, put them on three different channels/screens and just randomly flip back and forth. James Gray should have made this his sell out movie, then it might have been halfway decent.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    More like 'miss/miss director John Moore.'

    by MaxTheSilent

    That guy has NEVER made anything remotely watchable since that fabled PS2 ad. And anything that casts Mila Kunis is not worth taking seriously. I imagine she'd give a 'performance' on par with the utter vacuousness of whatsername in JUMPER. This movie will suck like few things have sucked before, but if it has some nice gore it MIGHT be worth a rental.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    A few shots in a trailer

    by kwisatzhaderach

    may look 'cool' yet still produce a terrible film.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    John Moore's 'The Omen'

    by kwisatzhaderach

    neatly encapsulates everything that is wrong in mainstream American filmmaking today.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Looks wicked!!

    by Marxeffect

    Im impressed! Please break the curse of the shitty video games adaptations. Then do a new proper Resident Evil and maybe an Uncharted: Drakes Fortune!

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    I just bust my fucking nut...

    by shaneo632

    That was an awesome trailer.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Wow, i can say it, they don't make games like this anymore

    by antonphd

    Max Payne, Red Faction, AVP2, Rune, Deus Ex, Unreal. There just are not any games like this being made anymore. These games were innovative and they were cinematic. Then they went and made so much money that games caught the attention of the big money and that spoiled everything. Now... what great action games are there? There aren't any. Wait... there was one... Prey... from the creators of Rune. That game was a solid ass kicking. Otherwise... it's all a bunch of 3 level games stretched out into 30 levels of pointless repetitive $60 boredom. - this movie looks promising.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    looks like constantine

    by thedottedlion

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Uh, Bioshock?

    by Lord John Whorfin

    Grand Theft Auto? Mass Effect? Prey was the shit, bring on Prey 2. Orange Box? Resident Evil 4? Hello? Fucking Portal? Those are all more instant-classic than some on your list, anton. Fucking Eternal Darkness?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 4:07 a.m. CST

    ebonic_plague

    by TheNorthlander

    Max Payne is not a GTA ripoff. It was only released a month and a half after GTA 3, and they're both Rockstar games.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Laughably pad game, painfully bad director...

    by Stalin vs Predator

    That usually results in Uwe-quality films. See: "Hitman" - or any other film based on any other computer game.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 4:41 a.m. CST

    That Looks Like A Big Budget Mess!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Man what I could have done with the money they spent on this masterpiece of garbage!!! I will be very surprised if this is actually a good movie, but from the trailer, I think it is going to bomb, and big. Just a lot of noise and guns and no direction, all drowning in a orgy of CGI much like Spawn and Constantine!!!

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Can't stand Mr. Funky Bunch.

    by Dingbatty

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Constantine 2

    by Lashlarue

    right?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    I liked the game

    by kafka07

    it's a gritty crime game with shootouts, how can one not like it? And the movie, looks like it could be good.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST

    TheAllSeeingEye

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    The Valkyries and the weird burning sky are all part of the trips that Max Payne has. They were in the game. The movie will probably also feature a weird scene where he wanders down a dark coridor towards the sounds of a screaming baby. It looks like they've took every single element of Max Payne and put it in here. Love it!!<br><br>Infact, in the game, one of his hallucinations was "You're in a computer game, Max" - so no doubt he'll hallucinate he's in a movie :)

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Have people completely lost their senses?

    by enzobot24

    I'll admit the movie is sort of pretty. But other than that, this film is a perfect example of "an R-rated storyline being cut to PG-13." Seriously, his wife is shot and there isn't an ounce of blood on their bed? All-in-all, the movie looks mediocre. I loved the game - but the changes from the game aren't what make it bad - it's the acting, the overuse of special effects, and the crappy dialogue.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    I would do things to Mila Kunis

    by I Dunno

    that are illegal within the Republic. I'd have to take her to the Outer Rim. <p>And now I'm going to change tampon brands. Thanks, ad within an ad!</p>

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Looks fucking awesome so far

    by MELGIBSONS_DICKCHEESE

    Too bad this trailer probably spoiled THE ENTIRE FUCKING MOVIE. Thing is the Hitman trailer looked kinda cool too, and we know how that turned out in the end.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:50 a.m. CST

    I was about to say, all that mystical stuff didn't actually...

    by rbatty024

    happen in the game, did it? I haven't played that game in a long time. In fact, video games have gotten so rote that I don't really play them anymore.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Hitman was awesome

    by Skankardly

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:51 a.m. CST

    I played too fast

    by Underdogthe3rd

    What angels?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST

    just kidding...it sucked balls

    by Skankardly

    I just "ROTE" that

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Embedded adverts

    by Sebilrazen

    need work, this demographic hasn't seen, let alone have, vaginae (that's the accepted plural, I shit you not) that would necessitate the tampons that were being hocked.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    I really, REALLY loved the games...

    by CountdeCeredigion

    ... and so far gotta say this looks cool. I'm cautiously optimistic..!

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    anybody else feel fresher?

    by Skankardly

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST

    what is

    by broken ear

    the fucking point! they might as well be ripping up $100,000 bills in the shower.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Will The Whole Thing Be In Slo-Mo?

    by Aquatarkusman

    Looks like Marky Mark caught mumblitis in The Happening and hasn't shaken it yet!

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    P,S,

    by Aquatarkusman

    Was that Stephen A. Smith or Eddie Griffin as the police detective about 1/3rd of the way in?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Garbage

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and Manson is crap, too

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    THE DEPARTED is more like MAX PAYNE

    by The Chosen

    Not CONSTANTINE, like this trailer looks like.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    That looks BADASS

    by Judge Briggs

    Don't hate- it looks great.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I always thought that Payback captured the noir

    by Kizeesh

    perfectly, and This looks like a cross between Payback and The Crow. <p> I'm officially interested in this production.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    PLEASE be rated R

    by Veraxus

    This looks amazing. I just hope to god they don't ruin it by releasing a PG-13 movie.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    for those of you who have played the first game.

    by name818

    they are showing the end of the movie there when marky mark is on that helipad. you know what i'm talkin about. i dont like the angels

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Hmmm...not sure

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    I get the whole slow-mo bullet-time game tie in, but a lot of slow motion and a decent soundtrack can be used to make just about anything (almost) look compelling. When is Half-life going to make it to the big screen?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Looks good

    by Gezoes

    And thank the Lord for no Uwe Boll. He even managed to f*** up Postal, how is that even possible LOL! Yep, a careful thumbs up, Mark looks good as well. (I played both MP games)

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Looks Fucking Retarded

    by hatespeech

    Corky from Life Goes On retarded.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Valkyries?

    by WillsDad

    I wonder if this is a metaphor for people that are hooked on the valkyr drug. Which would sorta be in line with the supernatural theme of the game when Max has those hallucinations. I'm excited!

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Dark...

    by Lost4Words

    This had better be as dark and violent as the games. Hopefully they won't try to make the death/revenge of his wife a family experience...

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    AVATAR - fucking our eyeballs in 2009 !!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    nothing else matters

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Timothy Olyphant should've played him...

    by Burgundy82

    ...instead of Agent 47. What a colossal display of miscasting that was. Anyway, I have faith that Wahlberg can pull this off, but if you go back and look at the character as he is modeled in the game, Sheriff Bullock would'a been fucking perfect for it.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    And if this is rated fucking PG-13...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...I will fucking kick Tom Rothman in his fucking nuts.<p>FUCK FOX AND THEIR FUCKING PG-13 BULLSHIT AGENDA!!! FUCK THEM TO HELL!!!

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    hard to say with it being fox.

    by palewook

    might be ok, might not.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    The song and the cop

    by Slappy san

    What's the title of the song playing? That's Ludacris as the cop.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    The song

    by Slappy san

    "If I Was Your Vampire" - Marilyn Manson

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    This looks awesome...

    by allykatD

    I've never played the game, but I'm definitely there on opening day. I love the tone, music, and the action seems well blended with drama. I love that song. I recognize the singer's voice. I'm sure someone here has probably already posted the name.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Oh DUH

    by allykatD

    That's Marilyn Manson. **face palm**

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    "You'd find that Lady Luck was really a hooker...

    by SkinJob69

    and you were fresh out of cash"- May Payne <p> Just one example of great noir-style dialogue in the game. Hope they keep that intact, along with the "Lords & Ladies" stuff.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    "Valkyr was supposed to be a maiden that would lift you...

    by SkinJob69

    ...to a warrior's heaven. Instead, it had turned out to be a one-way demon ride to hell."- Max Payne

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST

    You got me at "There's an army of bodies..."

    by quentintarantado

    Maybe John Moore is doing his penitence by shooting Max Payne the way The Omen should have been shot. Yes, looks like a Constantine retread but we'll never know till it's out, right?

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Music

    by zebramaynard

    Any movie looks good w/ a dark Marilyn Manson song playing through the whole thing.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    This will be "Hitman" bad

    by skimn

    but Ebert will like it cuz it looks purdy. He gave Hitman a 3 star review I recall.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Man

    by Aeghast

    Yahoo video STINKS

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    brace for terrible dialogue

    by ArcadianDS

    Max Payne tried way too hard to be Sin City, and it wound up being a bloody and juvenile remake of seventeen Bogart movies.<p> "The sun went down with practiced bravado. Twilight crawled across the sky, laden with foreboding. "<p> lots of crap narration like that. The only thing that made the game worth playing was it was the first game to innovate what we refer to now as "bullet time" where time almost comes to a stand-still and gunfire plays out in extreme slow motion.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    by Jonny_boba

    this looks fucking awesome

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    oh and those who think this is a "constantine" film

    by ArcadianDS

    its not. Its a movie about drug pushing mafia crime syndicates. All those scenes that look supernatural are depictions of drugged-up halucinations.<p> This trailer is trying REALLY HARD to make you think its a Constantine flick, but its not.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Looks kind of phony

    by drewlicious

    What really bugs me about movies that are shot like this is that everything looks really sanitized. As much as I liked Sin City, the digital backgrounds and stylized sets killed the illusion of making environments look like they're inhabited. I see the same problem here. I really hope this isn't the case with Watchmen.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    sloanist

    by slder78

    fanboys have no power? just look at the actual movie "Fanboys" if a bunch of Star Wars nerds can get 2 juggernauts of the industry (i mean that litterally and figuratively)the Weinstein Bros. to cave, I think Tom "Giant Robots in movies will never work so forget about seeing the Sentinels in X-Men" Rothman will fold. <P> I'll see Avatar, I'll just pay for another movie and sneak in. Or just sneak in period, like it's that hard.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    yup still looks sick

    by SpawnofAchilles

    color me pleasantly surprised...again! badassery

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Looks like the truth

    by toxicbuddha

    Halfway thru the trailer I realized it's Kunis, and damn she grew up nice. Don't remember Valkyries in the game. Unless the reviews trash it, I'm all in. And is it just me or does this thing remind anyone else of the Crow??

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Re: Constantine

    by Viewer 3

    So let me get this straight... 2 or 3 shots in a trailer that somewhat resemble the same imagery and color schemes used in another movie, and suddenly it's "LOOKS WAY TOO MUCH LIKE CONSTANTINE, SO UNORIGINAL, SUCKS"...? Are you kidding? You should just say "Oh wait, he's running from a bunch of bullets with glass shattering all around him just like that other movie, WOW so unoriginal." <br><br>Yes, those few shots in the trailer may resemble that other movie. But any idiot here who is completely overblowing that connection should just spare us from their stupidity and be silent.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Wow. I actually LIKE the idea of Mila Kunis as an action star

    by DOGSOUP

    From Jackie to Meg to Kicking ass. It seems a natural transition...

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    asshats

    by SpawnofAchilles

    read the fucking talkback morons, if I see one more person ask what's up with those angel things I dont remember them from the game this is constantine 1.5 durrr THE ANGELS AND DEMONS ARE DRUG HALLUCINATIONS and I think they look really cool actually and I'm really sick of overused CGI too, <p>the games are gritty, noir crime/revenge dramas that are well plotted for video games with some really cool and some cheesey voiceover dialogue.<p> the shots that are super slo mo (gun firing with snow flicking off of it and some others) were shot using a special camera that shoots at 120 frames a second I believe

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 2:55 p.m. CST

    i agree

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Kunis doesn't really fit in there, she's pretty nice to look at but it should be someone else, wahlberg is appropriate

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Too bad

    by Bob Dobbs

    the Yahoo video player is such a piece of shit.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Managed to see it

    by Aeghast

    Looks good. Totally un-Max Payne-ish but still, looks good. Kunis AIN'T hot at all. Deal with it.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Anyone saying this doesn't look awesome is a douche....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ...and most likely a Tarantino, Rodriguez and/or Frank Miller fan. So fuck off. I'll enjoy it. Eat my dick.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    haters can suck my dick

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Max Payne is a killer game. Throw in "Lords and Ladies", and you got yourself boxoffice GOLD.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Yay, Mark!

    by viola123

    I hope this is good. Not because I'll see it, but because I don't want him to have to poorly-received movies in one year. You can do it, Mark! You look awesome. :)

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    no PG-13

    by fartedinthefaceofhollywood

    they won't do PG-13, no fucking way that would work considering the violence, sex, and gritty nature of the videogames being translated faithfully to film. im not STOKED about this movie by any means....HITMAN was decent but butchered by most critics (FUCK Ebert....inconsistent prick)and the best videogame-to-movie film has been Silent Hill in my opinion, not so much from the acting but they kept the style very close to the games. ill probably see this out of curiousity AND im a fan of the games (all 2 of them), we'll see.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Did he spend the whole game tripping

    by Phategod2

    I had no Idea the game was so far out does he spend the whole game Hallucinating Seeing wierd shit.

  • Aug. 29, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Looks cool...

    by jansberg

    but I'm still not liking Kunis as Mona. They should have cast someone a foot taller and 10 years older. She's supposed to be Max's equal, not fucking jailbait.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Valkyrie

    by uVa

    I like that they've taken the metaphor further and actually have these scary fuckers flying around in the film. If they combine this with the drug references and nail the tone (which it looks like they have from this trailer) it might just be the B-movie experience to watch!

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Re: Silent Hill

    by Viewer 3

    I was this close to making the Silent Hill reference earlier.<br><br>I thought Silent Hill did a decent job at capturing the look of the game, but the "mood" was still completely lost. The only way you're going to capture the mood of Silent Hill is to have an unarmed character with one flashlight in complete darkness hearing disturbing sounds and seeing some messed up things in the dark. Not running around a well-lit set with plenty of fill lights and background lights just put there to "set the environmental mood".<br><br>But the real reason I was going to compare this to SH is the trailer. When I saw the initial Silent Hill teaser (not the full trailer that came later), I was completely blown away. But the finished product looked nothing like that teaser. The trailer was cut at a disturbing pace with distorted imagery straight from the game, with one of those pulse-raising "running from something unknown and inhuman in complete darkness and panic" industrial music tracks also from the game. But of course the movie didn't capture the same spirit as the trailer by far. Which leads me to believe this may be more of the same.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Well

    by Viewer 3

    By "The trailer was cut at a disturbing pace with distorted imagery straight from the game" I mean the look and feel of the imagery, not actual clips from the game... incase anyone was like "wtf".

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Viewer 3

    by uVa

    Agreed on the Silent Hill trailer point, But you couldn't make an entire film of those crazy images / sharp edits. You need some pacing and narrative, and while arguably the film got a few things wrong, I enjoyed it thoroughly, and it did stay true to the game In my opinion. Repeat viewings help too!

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Why so slow?

    by jackofhearts29

    Not bad... but I can do without the ubiquitous emo slo-mo. What the fuck.. why can't they make an action movie nowadays that doesn't feel like a quaalude-doused slow motion nightmare? Also, good to see Luda (ATL!) in a role he can chew on like a piece of fried chicken and beer.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    uVa

    by Viewer 3

    I'm not suggesting the entire film should've been shot erratic and disorienting, but it would've been better to throw in some of those types of shots to capture the proper feeling of panic, instead of "Oh look, she's running from CGI stuff and people in makeup." Repeat viewings didn't help my opinion of Silent Hill unfortunately, and as I said, I feel they got the LOOK of the game right, and maybe the "feel" if you only count certain imagery and short seconds of scenes. But taken as a whole the mood was lost, though I can completely agree that it made the best attempt of any video game-based film outside of Mortal Kombat. But taking a fighting game and expanding upon it is probably easier than retranslating a game with a lengthy and complex story, so I'm not sure how many people really take MK into the equation.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Re: Slo mo

    by Viewer 3

    I completely agree that slo-mo is used way too much in action films. Seeing the utterly asinine trailer for Wanted made me, for a split second, want to just stop watching movies altogether.<br><br>That being said, the slo-mo shots in this trailer are actually satisfying to me... no doubt because of my love for the game. But I can see that to anyone unfamiliar with the game it would be another eye-rolling shooting-while-diving-in-slow-motion action film. And I guess saying "it's only cool if you've played the game" won't change their minds, and rightfully so (it sure as hell wouldn't change mine if someone told me Wanted was based on a video game where people did dumbass, needless slow-motion spins and actions.)<br><br>I don't expect the trailer or movie to be too well received by the general public (already apparent by this talkback), but once the reviews hit I might actually see it.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    invisi-smokes

    by bmumtw4

    they must be damn handy in bars these days, i wonder where you can get them.

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    nice cinematography

    by Rupee88

    that's about all I can say for it

  • Aug. 30, 2008, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan's 'WTF' advice to Wahlberg:

    by SkinJob69

    "MTV has a curious quote from Mark Wahlberg recounting a bit of advice give to him from The Happening director M. Night Shyamalan. "[Night] gave me the worst advice he could have ever given me. He said, 'After [The Happening], you can never hold a gun again. You know that, right?' I said, 'Are you crazy?' He said, 'I'm serious, don't ever hold a gun again.' And I said, 'I don't know about that, man.'" Ironically enough that advice is quickly out the window as Wahlberg's gun laden follow-up to The Happening, Max Payne, hits theaters on October 17."- from IMDB

  • Aug. 31, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Wow, this looks brilliant! Just spray and go shhhhhh

    by theycallmemrglass

    It will make my hair look healthy and shiny. Pantene Pro V is gonna rock!

  • Aug. 31, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Obviously MrSaxon

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    The asshat who wrote that "synopsis" has simply watched the trailer and never played the games.

  • Aug. 31, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Take away Mila and Manson...

    by Stormshadow4life

    and I'm not sure what I think about it.

  • Sept. 1, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Viewer 3

    by uVa

    Mortal Kombat is an interesting one. I remember quite liking when it came out all those years ago, but it hasn't aged very well. It's also quite tongue-in-cheek at times. One thing I admired about Silent Hill was that it took the source material seriously. Too many VG-to-film adaptations go for a more humourous / self aware tone. Max Payne looks like it stays true to the feel of the game, which I think is a good thing.

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