If there's one thing Hollywood has learned, its that you should never sway too much from an origin of any story. Max Payne adapts pretty well for the silver screen and in all fairness, is a pretty gritting film to watch. At least right before the show is about to end.
Just like in the game, the movie gets it almost to the T. Max Payne returns home to find several drug junkies who just killed his wife and newborn kid. Characters that were in the game remain apparent in the movie: B.B. Hensley, Jack Lupino, Alex, The Aesir Corp, among others.
According to the synopsis of the show: In the action thriller, maverick cop Max Payne (Wahlberg) is hell-bent on revenge against those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner. His obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmarish journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.
The only missing link here is the existence of the Mafia which for some reason was replaced by Lupino who oversees the distribution of the Valkyr drug, to the psycho super scary soldier Lupino. With the help of some special effects, anyone watching Max Payne for the first half of the show would think it was a sci-fi ride or some thriller with angels and demons in it. To its benefit, the effect keeps you wondering if the producers added that sort of factor to it with a possible hook, line and sinker to a sequel.
However, not to worry true Max Payne fans. The demons appear because of the drug's side effects.
The movie then leads Max from one clue to another, but unlike the game, Max in the movie doesn't leave a respectable body count of 600, like a victorious tribal village chief walking with his head up high. I personally felt that there wasn't enough violence and shooting, because Max Payne is all about shooting. I was expecting a reminiscence of Rambo 4 here: 3 bodies per minute. (its ok because they're bad guys)
And finally, from some easy discoverable plot, you'll find that BB sold him out for higher corporate position and power. Dirty cops - Every show / plot needs them. The story then ends with Max Payne, obviously successful in his revenge. Hoorah.
Our verdict? The entire ambience of the show matches so well with the game that in its dark offerings, pretty much gets you curious about it in the first place. Its lack of lighting is gripping, and Mark Wahlberg pretty much does a great constipated face all the time, which so happens to be the running joke of the actual game itself. The only disappointment: An uber corny scene of Max Payne's dead wife appearing to him as he was drowning, telling him 'Not yet, max'... to which he suddenly bursts alive.