"I don't believe in heaven. I believe in pain. I believe in fear. I believe in death." So states Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg), elucidating his nihilistic creed during the film's opening moments. While the movie bearing the title character's name holds true to the darkness of those words throughout, the narrative that unspools may have audience members unfamiliar with the video game source thinking of the The Bard's quote about sound and fury signifying nothing. Visually, this is an interesting movie. A lot of time is spent getting everything to look right, and the color desaturation evokes memories of film noir. Unfortunately, the storyline is only as coherent as it needs to be to get the audience from Point A to Point B.
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