Rockstar Recommends: “Point Blank”
An aging, greying gunman single-mindedly out to reclaim what was taken from him must infiltrate a building teeming with armed enemy goons – get in, reach the man in charge at the top, and get out unscathed by cannily outwitting and outmanning them all. The type of job that calls for more of a myth than a man.
Starring Lee Marvin as the mysterious, unstoppable force known only as Walker and supported by an amazing cast that includes the stunning Angie Dickinson and a pre-Archie-Bunker Caroll O’Connor - this surreal neo-noir crime film isn’t necessarily a direct inspiration of the Max Payne series or Max Payne 3 specifically, but there are many great stylistic parallels worth noting. The over-the-hill mythical hard man constantly facing impossible odds against a giant criminal organization. The haunting memories and tortured flashbacks to where it all went wrong. Even the sharp grey suit and the coincidence of a precarious helicopter-assisted cash drop orchestrated at an empty arena.
Remade in only the shallowest of plot-point respects in 1999 as the Mel Gibson vehicle “Payback”, we’d consider “Point Blank” to be the “High Plains Drifter” of Max Payne 3 Recommended films – a treat for Max fans who can appreciate a surreal take on the crime-action genre.
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