Surprisingly, the “challenge” Moore speaks of was apparently not as much a challenge as he may have led folks to believe. It seems he was stoking a fire that didn’t even need to burn. In a new interview with GameDaily he gives the following message regarding the film finally getting the required PG-13 rating:
Yeah, John, you and your Internet cronies are so powerful that you effectively shook up the MPAA and their 86-year-old rating system with Max Payne. Gimme a break.
I am sorry, I have had very little respect for Moore ever since watching some behind-the-scenes features for Flight of the Phoenix and his career since has done very little to make me change my mind and this is just one more instance it seemed he tried to make a much larger story out of nothing. How does something go from being a “challenge” and something you are “suffering” over to something that “didn’t have to change much”? Trust me, if anyone is going to have an effect on the MPAA it isn’t going to be John Moore.
In his GameDaily interview he goes on to discuss the unrated version of the film that will be found on DVD, which is yet another aspect to movie making that is continuing to bring down the artform. Sooner or later consumers are going to stop buying into this fad of “Unrated” versions of films on DVD. When I see a director’s cut of a film by Ridley Scott such as Kingdom of Heaven then you have my attention, otherwise, do we really need anything more than what we have already seen? You can read the rest of the interview here.
As for the official MPAA rating of Max Payne, it is yet to be released and I expect we will probably have it by Wednesday.
Max Payne hits theaters on October 17.