Max Payne

Theatrical Release: October 17, 2008
Max Payne


Based on the legendary, hard-hitting interactive video game, “Max Payne” tells the story of a maverick cop determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner. Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max (Wahlberg) is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.

Dove Review

Meet the creatures of the night! Are they real or just shadows? This is a moody and dark picture and literally several scenes are filmed either in the dark or without much lighting in the scene. Mark Wahlberg plays a maverick cop named Max Payne, and his last name fits him well. He is in a lot of pain due to the murder of his wife and infant son. He has pressed his partner so hard to crack the case, that they are no longer friends. However, when a woman Payne knows is found dead, there are similarities to her case and the case of his dead wife.

Without giving the plot away, shadow creatures which resemble men as bats terrorize several characters, but are they real or if not, what is the cause and power behind them? In one scene which illustrates the mood of the picture, Detective Payne revisits his home where he had once been happy with his wife and son. It is Christmas season and the houses to the left and right of his house are decorated with bright lights. His old house is dark, without one single light on it or in it.

Despite some suspenseful moments, the film is loaded with violence and strong language, and we are unable to award our Dove Seal to the movie as a family-friendly picture.

Content Description

Sex: A woman tries to entice man to sleep with her but he doesn't; kissing.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-4; J/JC-5; F-1; H-7; S-7; A-5; D-3; SOB-2; B-1; P-1
Violence: A lot of violence and some with blood; several people are shot; fist fights and punching; a detective punches a man several times in face, drawing blood, in order to get him to confess; a character is struck by train in a cutaway scene (not graphic); a woman slaps man; a creature pulls a man out of a window and he falls on car below and dies from the crash; a business place is shot up as cops exchange fire with a detective; explosions; a few corpses are viewed.
Drugs: Smoking and drinking and the use of a fictional drug which causes most people to hallucinate and is part of the plot.
Nudity: Cleavage; woman seen in panties; woman's bare back; a close-up of a woman's rear as she is wearing only panties; shirtless men.
Other: A man says in the beginning of the story that he doesn't believe in heaven but in his pain; a man says he doesn't know if there's a heaven but he believes in angels; supernatural creatures which look something like flying bat shadows but we learn what is behind them in the film; a man deals with his grief over the death of his loved ones.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Beau Thorne and Sam Lake
Director: John Moore
Producer: Scott Faye
Genre: Action
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter