Video-game adaptations have a deservedly bad reputation, probably because most of them suck. The heart of the problem is probably the fact that you're basing your screen story on something created in a medium where story isn't really necessary. Max Payne
, however, finds a loophole in this conundrum, because it's a movie based on a game that was already sort of based on movies.
The video game of Max Payne is mostly just your basic third-person shooter -- the way it defines itself is through its modern-noir style. That's the key element that the movie ran with, and as a result, it isn't half bad. It's your basic hard-boiled detective story, wher...