Max Payne Movie Trailer: Blimey

By John Walker on August 30th, 2008 at 1:08 am.

No reason this shouldn’t get a post. The Max Payne trailer looks incredibly cool. (Tampon adverts on the front: odd choice).

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  1. Real Horrorshow says:

    I have faith this will be a cool film, this new full length trailer looks nice.

    P.S. Before anyone says it, 99.99% chance the demons are part of Max’s nightmares. Remember the games.

  2. Rigley says:

    I’m worried that they have swapped drugs with demons, much as the Doom movie swapped hell with a viral outbreak.

  3. Sum0 says:

    I was going to do something kill-joy like “Doesn’t look that cool,” but as the trailer comes to the climax I’m like, okay, this is going to be quite interesting. When I think about it, this is the first time anyone’s made a film of a game I actually care about (Tomb Raider barely counts), so I’m finding myself intrigued as to how they’ll transfer the story and my beloved characters to the big screen.

    Also, that music reminds me of the Smashing Pumpkins track from the Watchmen trailer.

  4. nabeel says:

    Yeah that second trailer looks better, now my interest is piqued.

    nabeel

  5. Rigley says:

    “The Devil is building his army.”

    “Max Payne is looking for something that God wants to stay hidden–that’s what makes him dangerous.”

    That doesn’t sound like a set-up for a drug related plotline.

  6. Nero says:

    I wouldn’t call it incredible cool myself but looks ok. They could still have used Timothy Gibbs as the lead. But oh well. Max Payne has given me some of my best moments in gaming history. I clearly remember playing Max Payne 1 demo over and over again just having loads of fun with the bullet time thing etc. I’m afraid it will be typically Hollywood with lots of explosions and maybe some nods to some moments in the games.

  7. Real Horrorshow says:

    From what I can tell from the trailer, they’re following the first game failry closely.

    Valkirye (sp) drug
    Max’s family murdered
    Meeting Mona Sax
    Stealing papers from that bank vault you had to get to through the subway
    etc.

    It does look like they’ve traded in the gangsters for gangbangers though :(

  8. Real Horrorshow says:

    “The Devil is building his army.”

    “Max Payne is looking for something that God wants to stay hidden–that’s what makes him dangerous.”

    That doesn’t sound like a set-up for a drug related plotline.

    He could just be a nutcase. There are plenty of movies/games with criminals and drug dealers that have delusions of divinity and righteousness.

  9. Jochen Scheisse says:

    I really love both games, but the names of the protagonists are just too much. Payne and Sax? I mean, you can save Mona in the second game, and all you can hope for then is that they don’t get married and take a double name.

  10. Howard says:

    This looks bloody awful. As much as I am a fan of Wahlberg this just stinks. Max Paine had an amazingly cinema friendly plot and one of the better soundtracks I’ve ever heard and to simply disregard all that, stash some pompous 2nd rate plot line and a bad song from Marilyn Manson over the top is just criminal.

    When will movie writers realise that their gaming counterparts are in fact more talented than them and that they should just go where they point?

  11. TheLordHimself says:

    Gangbangers rock!

  12. Muzman says:

    Rigley says:
    “The Devil is building his army.”
    “Max Payne is looking for something that God wants to stay hidden–that’s what makes him dangerous.”
    That doesn’t sound like a set-up for a drug related plotline.

    That’s what we call spooky metaphoric black guy talk, as seen in every other horror film.
    (Marlo Stansfield FTW! It looks more Die Hard than film noir anything, but it doesn’t make me think ‘yuck’ and ‘shant’ like the Hitman trailer did)

  13. moeity says:

    there’d better be an appearance of baseball bat boy, or im boycotting

  14. Aubrey says:

    \o/
    Marlo indeed!

  15. GrogLvr says:

    more MILA! so much MILA! MILA all over my face! MILA 4TW!
    did the helo pad remind anyone else of devil may cry 4 when youre fighting credo? ok maybe a stretch.

  16. Bozzl3y says:

    Panteen? Never heard of it.

  17. Bozzl3y says:

    Erm, sarcasm aside, if anything was gonna make both Max Payne games make any kind of sense on film, that trailer shows the film is close. The things people truly remember the games for (proper bullet time, fetishistic treatment of weapons) look like they’re in there. Dunno about (wilful assumption on my part) replacing the slightly harrowing nightmare sequences of the game with the black angels ripping people out of skyscrapers, but until the proper full film movie thing comes out, who knows.

    Personally, looks like it’ll be worth a watch regardless of how close it gets to the source.

  18. Gap Gen says:

    It’s Marlo Stanfield!

  19. Colthor says:

    I’m indifferent to the trailer, but vaguely angered by the existence of the unskippable advertisement preceding it.

  20. MetalCircus says:

    As was mentioned earlier, I hope they haven’t swapped V for mythological creatures.

  21. Iain says:

    It might *look* cool, but I think I can safely predict that the film will be shit.

    Why? Because a trailer is meant to show you most of the best bits of a film so that you get all eager to spend your money, and if that trailer is representative of the most interesting and exciting parts of the film, then it rates a “meh” at best.

    One day someone will make a good videogame-to-film conversion. But this isn’t going to be it.

  22. Talisker says:

    Very stylish trailer, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up for a good movie.

  23. Grant Gould says:

    The god/devil remarks sound a lot like the first boss in the game (the guy in the rock club) who kept yammering on about the devil coming up to claim humanity, blood sacrifices, the apocalypse, blah blah blah.

    EDIT: Lupino. That was the guy’s name. Tremendously tedious to listen to, gratifying to kill because at least it shut him up.

  24. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    In case it’s all been a little too long since you guys played the game, I’ll inform you of a little something.

    The games are rife with references, and allusions, to Norse mythology.

    Valkyrie, the drug in the game, is a bit of a no-brainer, obviously. Ragnarok, the club Vlad starts, is the name of the final battle of the Norse Gods. Hence, when I see a little bit of symbolism and artistic lisence, I’m not bothered. Particularly since we’ve been told in previous interviews with the director that the Valkyries (they ain’t angels) are all drug induced.

  25. AlexW says:

    I was shocked and disturbed to see a Tampax advert before the trailer.

    Also Jackie! I can’t take her seriously as an assassin, just like Topher Grace wasn’t Venom in SM3. Anyone that can clearly can’t remember That 70s Show well enough.

    And as for the movie, the valkyrie took the best deceased soldiers from the aftermath of the battle to Valhalla to prepare for the apocalypse, if I recall correctly. They specifically avoided the battles, so being bludgeoned into the role of direct warriors annoys me.

  26. Bozzl3y says:

    The games are rife with references, and allusions, to Norse mythology.

    First time with a quote, let’s see if it works.

    Yep, the games did allude (correct word?) quite heavily to Norse mythology. They didn’t show that the people you shot were dragged out of skyscrapers by black angels. Sorry, but I call “bullshit” on the part of the filmmakers. Although, no matter how sarky I get about it now, I know I’ll be first in line for a ticket when it’s out.

    Honesty, gotta love it.

  27. Amirul B Ruslan says:

    Mila Kunis is a horrible choice for Mona Sax, but the one thing that makes this worse? LUDACRIS is Bravura? Hmmph.

    All in all though, it may not suck as much as I initially thought.

    I’d rather have Remedy do Max Payne 3 any day.

  28. MeestaNob! says:

    That looked pretty good, miraculously. A lot of the characters and scenery was instantly recognisable from the game.

    I cant believe I’m saying this, but I’m gonna go watch this.

  29. Carlton says:

    The most compelling thing about it is that it looks different. Pulling itself away from the basic action roots was a good idea, and if the Valkyries are symbolic thing that’s embedded in Payne’s psyche then that’s all the better. If Payne is actually squaring off against supernatural beings I’m not sure I’m interested.

    And Ludacris is a good actor, check out Hustle and Flow, it’s obvious he’s got some chops. The only thing that has me hesitant about all this is John Moore being the king of mediocrity and Mila Kunis being a tough sell for a action heroine.

    I love the games in a sort of guilty pleasure way, and the best thing they could do was either embrace the noir aspect of it, or turn the Hong Kong action movie expectancies on its head. It also says a lot if Wahlberg is calling it his “favorite role”. Say what you want about the guy, but he’s a pretty well rounded actor.

  30. Bozzl3y says:

    Carlton – up until The Departed, he was always Marky Mark to me. Since then, I’ve warmed to his abilities that require clothes.

  31. Carlton says:

    Bozzl3y – He’s got a lot of bad marks, but he’s got good ones sprinkled in as well. Three Kings, Boogie Nights, I Heart Huckabees, and his creator credit for Entourage makes him more interesting than most give him credit for. If The Lovely Bones turns out well he might shine through even more.

  32. Benjamin Barker says:

    The Crow with a haircut and a 9mm in Dark City with Constantine… this doesn’t look so different, really. Doesn’t look horrible though, and stuff probably gets blowed up real good.

  33. Stick says:

    All of my past was just silent flashbacks, images hanging on a screen like dead birds. The paranoid feeling of a crowd watching my every step. I was in an action flick. Funny as Hell, it was the most horrible thing I could think of.

    … if there’s no “WAKE UP! You’re in a movie!” moment, I will be sorely disappointed. Sorely.

  34. El Stevo says:

    This looks pretty good – atmospheric, good action, and a definite sense of ‘coolness’. The trailer is of course helped by having a great song from Marilyn Manson (“If I Was Your Vampire”, if you’re interested) over the top.

  35. sbs says:

    Stick: Seriously, that would be brilliant. I LOVED that moment in the original game. Also, I think it had 2 possible comics for that scene, one for videogames and one for comics. Might have been two distinct ones though, it’s been a long time.

  36. Grey_Ghost says:

    I will see this in a theatre no matter what!

    I really do hope those Valkyries are drug/dream related delusion though, I really really do.

  37. Charlie says:

    Please please please can someone confirm they are drug induced monsters. If they are awesome, if they are not omgwtfbbq!

    I can’t decide if it looks amazing or terrible, it all depends on if they are halucinations or not.

  38. James says:

    Did anyone else get a Tampax ad before? Talk about poor targeting.

  39. Real Horrorshow says:

    Watching the trailer some more, it look like this has been shot Sin City style with backgrounds, shadows, etc, and stuff not always perfectly proportioned and stuff like that (w/o the black-and-white of course) which is a nice artistic choice for a video game movie.

  40. Leeks! says:

    Gangbangers or… GANGBUSTERS!?

    Lord punish me.

  41. fibbityjibbit says:

    Tampax Payne.

  42. muscrat says:

    @Jochen Scheisse
    Hehehehe.
    Mona Payne.

  43. Esha says:

    I really want this to be good.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I remember a great deal about Max Payne, and that’s because it was one of my “upgrade games”. Whenever I get a serious computer upgrade, the first batch of games I play tend to leave an imprint. Usually I’ll forget about them if there was nothing particularly special past the graphics (Crysis!), but Max Payne was diifferent.

    Max Payne embraced cliché in a solely wholeheartedly way that I hadn’t thought was possible anymore. Movies between the 60’s and 80’s had done this, even Magnum P.I. had done this, but after that it was like a golden era had ended and everyone had to take themselves seriously to “keep it real, yo!”

    Max Payne was like a breath of fresh-air, it had a really decent noir/cliché-detective-gone-bad flick attitude to it, and it even had self-bloody-narrative (I miss you, self narrative… it seems like TV and movie heroes all have amazingly empty heads filled with air and little else these days), it was very, very good. Max Payne is the kinid of thing where I end up feeling that if they don’t do it justice, they’ll deserve an anal probing.

    And like someone else here said, this is the first videogame movie I’ve ever given a damn about. I’m expecting it to be a bit shit, of course. With the sideline expectation of it being a lot shit. Because then I might get pleasantly surprised, and if not I won’t really be let down and the Max Payne games still exist so I can play them again instead (always did want to check out that Kung-fu mod).

    The thing that made those kinds of movies great though was that they didn’t take things seriously; no matter what they dealt with, drugs, sex, gangsters, it was pretty much done with a flair that made them completely ludicrous. It was kind of a pretend-serious that made noir special (made Blade Runner special too, at that, but I won’t get into that).

    My worry with this Max Payne movie is that it looks like it’s taking itself too seriously, real-seriously, that is.

    I’m probably making no sense here at all. Oh well.

  44. AFan says:

    I don’t like the concept of devils in a Max Payne film. In the first trailer I thought it was just some hallucination caused by his massive doses of painkillers, but now with more appreance by the devils, it is inevitable they are pretty real in the movie.

    Nevertheless, since the two games are like my two fav games of all time, that is enough for me to sit through the whole thing. And who cares if it’s crap like all those other game-to-movie movies. It’s Max f***ing Payne!

  45. JackASS says:

    As a little boy, I always dreamt that one day I would become a jackass. Now that dream has been fulfilled. Peace out.

  46. Rudolf says:

    what set the max payne games apart in the video gaming world was the bullet time. That’s been done in movies, ever since matrix, a lot. Now, they get Mark Wahlberg (marky mark yo, coming to rap your socks off yo) to feature in a movie that’s not even original.

    But that’s the fate of all game-movie conversions isn’t it? They have to lack a certain creative aspect because so much is already set. Only for a different medium, be it games or cinema. Sometimes it’s so adapted to one medium, that it translates worse than something more generic. Meh, at least it’s not done by Uwe Boll :)

  47. Someone says:

    Why the fuck did they add this shitty singer to the soundtrack?

  48. Flint says:

    What the hell was that?

  49. Little Green Man says:

    I’m hoping that those Valkyries are hallucinations, and I have one tiny shred of evidence! At one point Max is kneeling on the floor with his hands behind his head while the “Valkyries” circle him. To me it looked that he was having a really horrible dream/hallucination from taking drugs and was confused and shit.

  50. yns88 says:

    Wow, did the quality of comments here suddenly pitfall over the past day? Seriously, the naivete(sic) some of the above comments have over the drug stuff is almost youtube-worthy.

    In any case, this looks like it has a decent chance of not being a steaming pile of shit.