It's been three years since the murder of his wife and baby left him a broken man and since then NYPD detective Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) has refused to give up on finding who ever it was who did, even getting himself transferred to the cold case office so he can keep on his search. When Max's wallet is found next to a murdered woman it seems that between him, his former partner as well as a security chief for a drugs company they may be on to something. But with bodies piling up and many dying from hallucinations thanks to a new drug on the streets things are going to be tough.
To sound like a proverbial broken record, I have never been a huge gamer and have never played the game Max Payne. Now I have no interest in playing the game but I am sure it would have helped when it came to watching the movie "Max Payne" as I found it hard work from start to finish. To put this really simply; the only thing which grabbed my attention as I watched "Max Payne" was the movie's look which had a crispness to it which was attention grabbing.
But beyond the movie's look I will be honest I am struggling because from the storyline, which in typical dead wife/cop style we have an illegal drugs business going, to the over produced and chopped about action it just didn't grab my attention. I am sure part of the trouble is that the movie seems to take for granted you are already familiar with the characters and so if you are not it is really a struggle.
What this all boils down to is that whilst "Max Payne" is a nice enough looking movie with plenty of impressive graphic work the rest of the movie is a struggle which I am sure is not the case if you are already familiar with the video game prior to watching.