Alright, this time, the reviewer has to admit to having been completely fooled by the theatrical trailer. Having no previous knowledge about the video game that inspired the film version of "MAX PAYNE," the look, music, and effects suggesting something of a supernatural detective mystery, with a large amount of violence! Unfortunately, while there's plenty of style all over the film as far as production design, there's absolutely no surprise, whatsoever, as to what's going to happen in every single scene. The overhead shot of the beautiful girl walking on the dark street at night? Geez, what's gonna happen here? Although it would be nice to say "MAX PAYNE" is all style over substance, but that's not fair to a notably superior film like "THE DUELLISTS" by Ridley Scott, that was style over substance, without being completely dull. "MAX PAYNE" is just that, making it guilty of the worst thing a film-going experience can be, dull!
Wahlberg plays "MAX PAYNE," a detective spending his days trying to solve the murder of his family. Along the way, he also comes across a dangerous, hallucinogenic drug, built with military backing, to create super soldiers. Somehow, everyone knows, even sooner than MAX, that this drug ties into the murder of his family. BORING!!!!!! Every bad guy is a cliche' here, and what's intended to be a surprise revolving around someone close to MAX, actually being involved with the murder of his family, is telegraphed so early on, that it's just painful to find MAX is so clueless. Even at 102 minutes, it feels like a bad roadshow presentation, wherein every minute seems like forever!
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. While intentionally dark and dreary throughout, colors are typically restrained. However, the detail is flawless, and there are an abundance of scenes with the kind of jump-off-the-screen type of depth one hopes for on blu-ray. The overwhelming darkness doesn't prevent one from noticing and being impressed by the impeccable detail achieved here! The blacks are so inky, that it's hard to recall any scene that didn't look terrific! REFERENCE QUALITY!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. It's one of the most aggressive mixes available! From start to finish, discrete, panning and bass effects kick in with high impact. For a film without subtleties, there are actually some quieter nuances presented during a few quiet moments, showcasing just how consistent the quality of this fine mix is. Music is complimented through all speakers with great fidelity, and the bass is certain to test any subwoofer 's potential. REFERENCE QUALITY!
A technical commentary, consistently dull, is offered.. Also, the graphic novel is offered, for those who have to know more detail about the storyline and his family's final moments. A two-part(dull)documentary is included, as well as a "bonus-view" feature and theatrical trailers.