Beauty Knows No Payne

Mila Kunis as ‘Mona Sax’ in “Max Payne”I watched Max Payne (2008) last night, and despite the lousy reviews it has received, found myself quite enjoying it. I mean, yes, it’s a very, very dumb movie… and I pretty much guessed the big “twist” involving the main villain as soon as he first appeared on-screen… but I really loved the stylised visuals and the freaky drug-trip scenes. For those who don’t know, Payne is a “noir action” flick based on a popular video game of the same name, starring Marky Mark Wahlberg as a dour police detective intent on avenging the (apparently) motiveless murder of his wife and child. During the course of his investigation he encounters Olga Kurylenko, playing a random hottie who may hold vital clues for him, but mostly just wants to jump his bones. Going in blind, I assumed that she would become the main female lead… but her character checks out pretty quickly, leaving the “sidechick” spot wide open for her sister, played by the unfeasibly cute Mila Kunis! I’ve written before about my fondness for cod-Slavic characters, but the real thing is even better!* Shame they couldn’t have given the “Sax sisters” a few more scenes together, because it was kinda sexy seeing them bicker in Russian. Kunis doesn’t exactly fight shoulder-to-shoulder with Payne, but she does get a few pretty kick-ass action scenes, and a lot of guns to play with! According to this interview, Kunis’s favourite part in preparing for the role was the weapons training, which included disassembling and rebuilding an MP5K blindfolded. Fun! Although she also had to contend with the fiercely cold winter weather, five-inch stilettos, and a gun roughly half her height!

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* To crib from Wikipedia: Milena “Mila” Kunis was born in Chernivtsi in the Ukrainian SSR, and her family relocated to Los Angeles in 1991, citing anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union as one of several reasons for the move (as did Regina Spektor). Apparently their fate rested entirely on a lottery system: “It took about five years. If you got chosen the first time around, you went to Moscow, where there was another lottery, and you maybe got chosen again. Then you could come to the States.” On her second day in Los Angeles, she was enrolled in elementary school not knowing a single word of English… but things turned out pretty well for her in the end, right? After blagging her way onto That 70’s Show by lying about her age, she stuck around for all eight seasons, before going on to appear in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) (which has suddenly risen up my “to watch” list), and provided the voice for ‘Meg Griffin’ in over 150 episodes of Family Guy! Plus that ballet movie with all the lady-kissing that everyone’s talking about…

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About deecrowseer

A comic book writer with an interest in feminism, philosophy, and affirmative action.
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