Movies based on video games are notoriously violent (see Resident Evil, Hitman, etc.), so I’m not really surprised at the news that Max Payne has been given an R rating. The director, John Moore, was surprised, however. According to Moore, the MPAA told him they handed down the R rating because the movie “feels” like an R. Moore is pissed because he thinks his movie is less of an R than The Dark Knight. Needless to say, he’s appealing the decision.
While I can’t say if Max Payne is more or less violent than TDK, I can say that I don’t necessarily disagree with the PG-13 rating on TDK. The camera cuts away from most violence, there’s little (if any) profanity, and while it’s dark, it’s also a movie about a dude saving an entire city from a madman, again.