Max Payne Returns in Awesome Fan Film Trailer (VIDEO)
Max is back, and this time, he’s not Mark Wahlberg. The innovative shooter, Max Payne, has inspired creative fans to make an authentic fan film set in the game’s universe.
Back in 2001, the video game Max Payne was acclaimed for its action packed gameplay and moody noir storytelling. The original game followed New York detective Max Payne as he made his way through the city’s criminal underbelly in search of vengeance for his family’s violent murder. The plot is told through comic-style panels and voice-over narration, drawing inspiration from hard-boiled detective stories. Max Payne‘s unique presentation has resonated with fans even to this day 15 years later.
The game’s cinematic quality seemed like a great fit for the big screen and these feelings led to a film adaptation in 2008 starring Mark Wahlberg. This take on the story was negatively received by critics and fans for its poor story structure and deviations from the source material. Fans were left wondering if Hollywood would ever get it right.
A new fan film titled Max Payne: Retribution seems to take the game’s story much more seriously this time around. Writer/director Leroy Kincaide of Nocturnal Pictures strived to incorporate the authentic gritty atmosphere and characters that made the series so popular. A self-described fan of the series, Kincaide took extra inspiration from the action film John Wick and the intense Saw movie series. The short film promises to honor the Max Payne lore while tweaking some elements to better suit a film. Check out the trailer below.
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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his biweekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.