Film / Max Payne
"Remember when you were a kid and you'd hold your breath when you run past a graveyard?"
"The Devil is building his army. Max Payne is looking for something that God wants to stay hidden. That is what makes him more dangerous."

Max Payne is a Film Noir action film from the year 2008. (Somewhat loosely) based on the video game series of same name, it was directed by John Moorenote  and it stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Ludacris.

Unlike the game, in this adaptation the framed fugitive undercover detective Max Payne is a cold case detective, who is obsessed with finding the killer of his wife and child. His personal investigations get him involved in the killing of Natasha Sax and his fellow detective Alex Balder by the ex-marine Jack Lupino. Natasha's sister Mona, convinced that Max is the perpetrator, sets her sights on him. After the things clear up between them, they form an alliance to solve Natasha's murder and its link to the designer drug Valkyr which has been flooding the streets.

The film provides the examples of:

  • It Is Not Your Time: Max sees a vision of his wife telling him, "Not yet, Max." just after he's killed B.B., and just before he's arrested.
  • Karma Houdini: Nicole Horne, though the stinger suggests otherwise.
  • Knife Nut: Lupino prefers to kills his victims with a big knife.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Max and Mona briefly before forming an alliance together.
  • Meaningful Name: Max Payne = maximum pain.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers focused on brief moments of CGI hallucinations and misleading snippets of dialogue to make it seem like the film has a supernatural edge a la Constantine, which would have been a literal extension of the first game's Norse mythology themes.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Thank you, B.B., for talking too much and putting Valkyr in Max's jacket pocket. Had it not been for you, Max would've died on the docks from hypothermia.
    • This also goes for an even earlier moment when he saves Max in Lupino's lair..
  • Pistol-Whipping: Max beats Colvin with his pistol to get info out of him,
  • Protagonist Title
  • Psycho Serum: Valkyr has this effect on some inviduals since it was supposed to enchance soldiers' prowess in the battlefield. Others just get high and some get horrifying hallucinations.
  • Race Lift: Caucasian Deputy Chief Jim Bravura from the games is turned into African-American Internal Affairs Lieutenant played by Ludacris.
  • The Stinger: After the end credits, a scene plays where Mona Sax approaches Max in a bar and hands him a picture of Horne, suggesting that they are going after her next.
  • Signs of Disrepair: Lupino is shown at one point standing on the roof of a building with a broken neon sign for "Raglan and Brock", which is a reference to the Ragnarock club from the game.
  • Telepathic Sprinklers: Payne shoots a sprinkler with a pistol and they all go off.
  • Villainous Rescue: Just when Lupino is about to kill Max, B.B. shows up out of nowhere and shoots him in the back.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Lupino, who doesn't seem to mind the coldness of the winter around him. Even in the middle of a snowstorm when he's sweating.
  • The War on Terror: The reason why the Valkyr was developed in the first place.