Monday, July 28, 2008

Here's another adaptation we didn't need. 

Max Payne, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Now, Kunis is a foxy fox fox and I wouldn't mind watching her wield some phallic objects, but this is just fucking silly, guys.

The whole idea behind the video game is that it's an amalgam of no-holds-barred revenge films, the Dirty Harry series being the most obvious inspiration. It is, in short, an homage of an entire genre of films, done up with Rockstar Games' customary over-the-topness. (Also: the game is lousy.)

So now they are adapting a video game that is in itself an adaptation (of sorts) of movies. This is some through-the-looking-glass shit here, people.

Question: Why not save the cash spent licensing and just make a regular movie with this style of plot, if that's all it's about?

Answer: Because no one needs to see this kind of movie anymore. The adaptation gives it the necessary "twist" to have a green light. Being an adaptation is the only reason this movie can exist. That the process of adaptation makes the whole exercise absurd seems to have escaped notice.

So silly.

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