Max Payne is a man who has lost everything apart from his badge and his gun. He lives in a city tormented by a new and dangerous drug named Valkyrie. The film is based on the video game series by the same name. The games are a mix of the language of film noir and the visuals of a John Woo action picture. This blend of cinematic influences is easily translated back to the big screen, where game and film are joined together to a satisfying whole.
Irish-born John Moore (b. 1970) made several shorts and commercials in his homeland before he was discovered by Hollywood for his visually arresting commercials for the Sega Dreamcast. His first motion picture was the big-bduget BEHIND ENEMY LINES (2001), followed by the remakes FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (2004) and THE OMEN (2006).