|01.05.10||DVR|| OK first thing first: the movie is bad. BUT, Better this be a bad movie nobody remembers than someone actually going out and making a big-budget film adaptation of a successfull game franchise like HALO or Half-Life or especially Grand Theft Auto and having it go down in the annals of fail. Why producers are looking to video games for stories is beyond me. I get why they're after the brand but why use the same stories? Story has always come last in the video game gangbang and for me personally they are always the thing you are stuck groaning through in between the reasons why I'm playing.|
So for this movie, I'll give it an A+ for trying to match the visual style of the game but... i mean listen. The game itself is a homage of film noir and crime stories. So this film is an adaptation of an homage to previous films!? It ends up like the clone-of-clone Michael Keaton in Multiplicity: something to be pitied then put to sleep. Why not put the writers to work and have Max go on a new adventure in the same vein as the game stories but not so mired in cliche? Perhaps because film production priorities are now starting to mirror video game priorities? WHO KNOWS.
In the end, I'm left with a crappy movie based on a game that's more fondly remembered than actually played. We'll see how Max Payne 3 does.