Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003 Video Game)
Max Payne: [narrating] The past is a puzzle, like a broken mirror. As you piece it together, you cut yourself, your image keeps shifting. And you change with it. It could destroy you, drive you mad. It could set you free.
Max Payne: [narrating] All this time, we got the fable of sleeping beauty wrong. The prince didn't kiss her to wake her up. No one who's slept for a hundred years is likely to wake up. It was the other way around. He kisses her to wake himself up from the nightmare that has brought him there.
Max Payne: [narrating] Vlad was right. There are no choices. Nothing but a straight line. The illusion comes afterwards, when you ask 'Why me?' and 'What if?' when you look back, see the branches, like a pruned bonsai tree, or a forked lightning. If you had done something differently, it wouldn't be you, it would be someone else looking back, asking a different set of questions.
Max Payne: [narrating] 'The things that I want' by Max Payne. A smoke. A whiskey. For the sun to shine. I want to sleep, to forget. To change the past. My wife and baby girl back. Unlimited ammo and a license to kill. Right then, more than anything, I wanted her.
Max Payne: [narrating] Death is inevitable. Our fear of it makes us play safe, blocks out emotion. It's a losing game, without passion you are already dead.
Max Payne: [narrating] I had a dream of my wife. She was dead. But it was all right.
Vinnie Gognitti: Well, that was fun... in a fuckin' terrible, sick, not-at-all-fun kinda way.
Vladimir Lem: I hate to do this, but you know how you are, you would never let it go.
Max Payne: [narrating] Einstein was right. Time is relative to the observer. When you're looking down the barrel of a gun time slows down, your whole life flashes by, heartbreak and scars. Stay with it, and you can live a lifetime in that split second.
Vladimir Lem: Besides, a gentleman always avenges the insults done to his lady. You did kill Winterson.
[shoots Max in the head]
Max Payne: [narrating] The genius of the hole: no matter how long you spend climbing out, you can still fall back down in an instant.
Vladimir Lem: Hypothetically, if the only choice you've got is to do the wrong thing, then it's not really the *wrong* thing, it's more like fate.
Max Payne: [narrating] Your past has a way of sneaking up on you. You'll hear broken echoes of it everywhere, like a bad replay. You'll get mad at everyone for reminding you about it, even if it's all in your head.
Max Payne: [narrating] We are willing to suffer, to die for the things we care about. For love, for the right choices. Because of her, I had solved the case. My case, all of it. Who I am.
[Vlad's final words]
Vladimir Lem: Max, dearest of all my friends. I was supposed to be the hero.
Max Payne: [narrating] Without Mona's help, I'd be a dead man. Suddenly, for the first time in I don't know how long, I realized, I didn't wish to be dead.
Max Payne: [narrating] When entertainment turns into a surreal reflection of your life, you're a lucky man if you can laugh at the joke. Luck and I weren't on speaking terms. Or maybe the place was just too lame to be funny.
Max Payne: [narrating] The trouble with wanting something is the fear of losing it, or never getting it. The thought makes you weak.
Max Payne: [in the manor of Alfred Woden, after Max and Mona dealed with some men together] Mona, wait. Stop. This is love.
Max Payne: [Mona hits Max's head with her gun] When someone drags you from the wreckage when you have given in, ready to just lie there and die.
Mona Sax: [pointing her pistol to Max] I told you not to come here. It's my job to clear up this mess and you're a part of it. Throw away your guns.
Max Payne: [Max throws his guns away] This is love. When someone, no matter what the cost, shows you there is hope, a choice, that you can put down your gun.
Mona Sax: [after a while pulls back her pistol] See? I can't do it.
Mona Sax: [dropping her pistol] You're a bastard, Max.
Max Payne: [Vlad appears at the back of Mona] This is love. Love Hurts.
[Vlad shoots Mona at her back]
Max Payne: [narrating] I lied to myself that it was over. I was still alive. My loved ones were still dead. It wasn't over.
Max Payne: [narrating] As surely as the bullet rips through the victim's flesh, organ and bone, it shatters the image of the man who presses the trigger.
Vladimir Lem: What the fuck is wrong with you, Max? Why don't you just die? You hate life, you're miserable all the time, afraid to enjoy yourself even a little! Face it, you might as well be dead already. Do yourself a favor, give up!
Max Payne: What about Mona Sax?
Vladimir Lem: I know of her, her reputation as a hired killer. I hear she is a stone fox. I would fuck her.
Max Payne: [narrating] Right then, I hated Vlad.
Max Payne: [narrating] The past is a gaping hole. You try to run from it, but the more you run, the deeper, more terrible it grows behind you, its edges yawning at your heels. Your only chance is to turn around and face it. But it's like looking down into the grave of your love. Or kissing the mouth of a gun, a bullet trembling in its dark nest, ready to blow your head off.
[Max watches "Dick Justice," a blaxploitation spoof of the Max Payne games]
Dick Justice: [narrating] The rain was comin' down like all the angels in heaven decided to take a piss at the same time. When you're in a situation like mine, you can only think in metaphors.
Max Payne: [narrating] One last thing left to do. I was compelled to give Vlad his gun back... one bullet at a time.
Max Payne: [narrating] I felt the rise of that old familiar feeling... I hated it... I welcomed it...
Female Sales Voice: Thank you for calling Dangerous Liaisons. For Candy, press one. For Sandy, press two. For Mona, press three.
Female Sales Voice: You pressed three for Mona.
Hooker: Hi, this is Mona. What's your name?
Max Payne: I just need someone to talk to.
Hooker: Honey, this is a phone sex line; all we do is talk.
Max Payne: Right. It's... how do you fix something like that? How do you make amends? I thought it would help, but it only made it worse.
Hooker: Just give me your credit card number and I can listen to you all night.
Max Payne: Killing them all only made it worse; it didn't bring them back.
Hooker: Hey! What are you, some kind of a weirdo?
Max Payne: Sorry... this was... sorry.
Max Payne: [narrating] There are things in life you cannot choose. How you feel.
Mona Sax: God. I turned out to be such a damsel in distress.
Max Payne: [narrating] Like all the bad things in my life, it started with the death of a woman. I couldn't save her.
Max Payne: [narrating] Firing a gun is a binary choice. You either pull the trigger or you don't...
Max Payne: [narrating] If you think nothing can get to you, you're lying to yourself. At best, you're temporarily dead. A lightning bolt can reanimate you without a warning.
Dick Justice: I had a permanent constipated grimace on my face. I was revenge personified.
Mobster: ...Oh yeah, like good old times, when we were still peddling V; when we had that Russian son of a bitch down for the count. When we were hunting that undercover fed; what's his name again? Hurt?
Mobster: 'Hurt', my ass. 'Payne' was his name. Payne!
Max Payne: With no way to deal with the past, I kept my eyes on the road, off the rear view mirror and the roadkill behind me. I chased lesser mysteries, other people's crimes.
Max Payne: [walking in room filled with bodies] Like always, the dead had all the answers I was missing. It wasn't that they weren't eager to talk. Quite the contrary. The dead had plenty to say. And once they started, they would never shut up. Their words would keep you awake at night. The bodies, all the evidence of all the murders the cleaners had done, all the answers. It would take days to dig through it.
Senator Alfred Woden: The only true reason why men fight wars. Love.
Vinnie Gognitti: Payne, you gotta help me! There's a freaking bomb in here. If I take the head off, if blows. Bye bye Vinnie. You're a freaking cop, you've gotta help me.
Max Payne: [Max grabs his head] How did this happen?
Vinnie Gognitti: The russian tricked me.
Max Payne: Join the club.
Max Payne: [narrating] A funhouse is a linear sequence of scares. Take it or leave it is the only choice given. Makes you think about free will: have our choices been made for us because of who we are?
Max Payne: [narrating while jumping out of a window] Throw the rules out the window, odds are you'll go that way too.
[Vinnie Gognitti's apartment is filled floor-to-ceiling with anime merchandise]
Vinnie Gognitti: What? I'm a collector! There's nothin' nerdy about it, I'm a collector! Lots of tough guys are into this stuff! Frankie was into this stuff, he was a fuckin' tough guy! Just you wait till I sell my collection on eBay...
Vladimir Lem: Dearest of all my friends...
Max Payne: [following Mona to her address] Why I was there again? Wait! Wait just a minute. Talk to me!
Mona Sax: What are you so afraid of? What do you want from me?
Max Payne: [coming closer to Mona] 'The things that I want' by Max Payne
Max Payne: A smoke. A Whiskey. For the sun to shine.
Max Payne: [starting a passionate kissing session] I want to sleep, to forget. To change the past. My wife and baby girl back
Max Payne: Unlimited ammo and a licence to kill. Right then, more than anything, I wanted her.
Mona Sax: [after they broke up with noises of some guns and men] You led them here. Up to my place! We can take them there.
[Max breaks the air conditioner at the police station]
Policeman: Hey, nice going, Payne. Good job. If it was still summer, you'd be a dead man about now.
Policeman: You'd better start praying we won't get an Indian summer, Payne.
Policeman: Hey, Payne. 'Max Payne', now there's a catchy name for you.
[Max is given the choice to escape from his situation]
Max Payne: [narrating] I didn't deserve to walk away. There are no happy endings.
Max Payne: [narrating] She came to get me through the fire.
Max Payne: [narrating] Winterson would've found a way to do this nice, neat and clean. Logic told me backup should be on its way; someone must've heard the gunfire. Logic was such a liar.
Max Payne: [narrating] There was a blind spot in my head, a bullet-shaped hole where the answers should be. Call it denial. I wanted to dig inside my skull and scrape out the pain.
Vinnie Gognitti: Ow, no! Payne! Not him! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!
[to his thugs]
Vinnie Gognitti: Well, what are you waiting for? Circle around and kill him! Kill the cop!
John Mirra: [narrating] John Mirra had made me a killer... I had become John Mirra maybe I am and always been him
John Mirra: John Mirra?
John Mirra: Yes, this is he...
John Mirra: This is John Mirra... welcome to the next level
Max Payne: [after founding lots of dead body in a building] Mona, I know this sounds crazy, but I need you to go and call the cops. I need them here.
Mona Sax: You're right. You are crazy. I'm a fugitive, Max. I just escaped from custody.
Max Payne: I wouldn't ask if...
Mona Sax: Go to hell, Max.
Max Payne: Mona? Damn.
Vladimir Lem: [answering machine] I'm coming to kill you, old man. You really know how to piss me off, you know... Would it have killed you to say 'thank you' for once in your life? To say 'Vlad, my son... can I call you my son because I sure do love you like one.' 'Vlad my son, you are a true prodigy. Everything you touch turns to gold.' Oh... wait, it *is* going to kill you! I'm done doing your dirty work for you. You should be proud. I have learned all you've taught me. I'm coming to show you.
Vladimir Lem: [standing on top of a platform in a glass paneled dome, out of Max Payne's line of fire] You know the old man used to come up here all the time, to stare out at his kingdom. He was lord of all he surveyed, but now he's dead. Are you paying attention, Max?
[throws a bomb at Max]
Max Payne: [narrating] If Mona couldn't make it to the other side of the yard, I wouldn't make it out of there alive. It was that simple.
Vladimir Lem: Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present Max Payne, New York's finest, with the biggest mobster body count ever. Dearest guests, prepare to die! Max! I'd love to come and welcome you, but I'm busy dodging bullets and hiding under a desk at the moment!
Max Payne: [narrating] By talking of fate, Vlad had been asking for my blessing to his plan to murder me. I had been keeping to the back beat, reacting to Vlad's moves, cleaning up after him.
[Max enters Vlad's resturant carrying a shotgun]
Max Payne: No more.
Max Payne: Vlad, shut up and stay alive. I'm coming.
Vladimir Lem: Max! You heard him. He's coming for you!
Mike 'The Cowboy': Hey, you Max Payne?
Max Payne: Afraid so...
Mike 'The Cowboy': Max! I'm Mike, Vladimir's friend! You are the sheriff, how about making me your deputy?
Max Payne: Let's go bail out your boss before he talks us all to death.
Mike 'The Cowboy': Let's ride!
Max Payne: [narrating] Vinnie was about to piss his pants, he'd end up short circuiting the bomb and blowing us both up...
Cleaner: You know, you cops got it easy. All you have to do is go to the crime scene and look around a bit. We're the ones that have to clean up the mess, brains and guts and shit.
Vladimir Lem: You have wrecked my restaurant twice now. You can be so damn uncompromising, fanatical about these things, Max. One of these days, it's going to get you killed. You should be glad, Max! I did you a favor, finished off your revenge for you. The murderer of your loved ones is dead!
Vladimir Lem: [to Vinnie] The way your hands are shaking you couldn't hit a truck!
Hooker: [when Max goes out through the burning apartment window, followed by a girl and an old man, she speaks with seductive voice] Hey, you do your job, and afterwards, maybe I'll do mine.
Commando: [Max is trapped in a hospital room with an assassin outside the door. Max escapes through the door knocking the assassin over] You're gonna get it now, Payne! How stupid can you get, you were safe in there, you stupid fuck! I'm coming for you!
[Max goes to meet Mona at her hideout but just as he gets there he sees that she is taking a shower]
Max Payne: You've switched tactics. We need to talk.
Mona Sax: Bring me a towel, will you.
[Max gives Mona a towel and she puts in on]
Mona Sax: Now that you are here, you can watch my back while I get dressed.
Max Payne: All she had told me is that someone wanted us dead. The way she was acting, I was the only one in danger here.