🇺🇸 Learn English the Hard Way with “Max Payne 1”

Chances are you are looking for improving your English language comprehension through watching game movies.

I know the drill. Take me right to the sentences.

Feel like upping your game and start catching the slightest subtleties of English?

Look no further.

However, there is a catch.


Who is this article intended for?

For English language learners, as they, all too often, tend to skip a lot of subtleties while reading books / reading stories / reading comics / watching movies /watching game movies, thus slowing down and negating their language progress. I

The catch has to do with the “THE HARD WAY” of learning English, right?

I can’t promise improving your English through this article will be easy, but I promise it will be worth it, provided you work through ALL THE SENTENCES down below. And by the way, to make it even more challenging for you, no answers are given and you are to find them on your own. There’s a reason this article is called “Learn English the Hard Way”, don’t you think?

Still no clue what I’m supposed to do…

If you’re still not really sure what’s going on here, I highly recommend you read the description of “Learn English the Hard Way” challenge.

russia-flag Для чего эта статья и что нужно здесь делать?

По своему опыту могу сказать, что когда в освоении английского приходишь на всё готовенькое, то интеллектуально расслабляешься и не особо вникаешь в детали и тонкости языка.

А вот когда, мы “пропускаем язык через себя”…

  1. внимательное чтение книг, просмотр фильмов, т.д… не знаем, что то или то означает, почему так написано, вообще не догоняем, что происходит, значит отмечаем находку
  2. анализ “любопытных” предложений, конструкций, выражений (грамматика и прагматика наши лучшие друзья)
  3. прогонка проработанного материала через правое полушарие
  4. задействование “освоенных” предложений, конструкций, выражений на письме, в устной речи (идеально, с носителями языка)
    …то результаты будут совершенно иными, нежели чем “со всем готовеньким”.

А именно, выработка силы воли, языковой интуиции, внимательности, любопытства и реальное улучшение навыка английского языка.

Ниже представлены предложения, которые заинтриговали меня при прочтении книги / прочтении рассказа / прочтении комикса / просмотре фильма / просмотре игрофильма. То есть, я сделал первый пункт из четырех выше и поделился результатами с Вами. За Вами остаются остальные три.


If you feel like up to the challenge, then here’s my list of 326 cherry-picked sentences with curious grammar and vocabulary findings from the game movie “Max Payne 1” (Max Payne series) :

Study hard!

1:41 – To make any kind of sense of it I need to go back three years… Back to the night the pain started.

1:54 – I was still in the force back then. NYPD, Manhattan, Midtown North Precinct. Hell’s Kitchen.

1:57 – You’d make me work undercover in some hellhole. Sorry Alex. Michelle and the baby come first.

2:08 – See! My last smoke. It’s bad for the baby.

That’s you, Max. A regular boy scout.

2:13 – Still on for poker Thursday night, right?

Like taking candy from a baby.

2:27 – A house across the river, on the Jersey-side. A beautiful wife and a baby girl. The American Dream come true.

2:39 – But dreams have a nasty habit of going bad when you’re not looking.

2:48 – The sun went down with practiced bravado.

3:00 – I like the way the show started. They’ve given me the best seat in the house – front row center.

3:14 – Something ugly had been tattooed on the wall. A map of things to come.

4:12 – No, no, please God, no.

4:56 – That was three years ago. Everything ripped apart in a New York minute.

5:13 – It took us three long years to get a break in the Valkyr Case.

5:18 – A dime-dropper | tipped us off that Jack Lupino was trafficking.

5:31 – I came in from the cold and the dark. Outside, the city was a cruel monster.

5:34 – I’d been slowly working my way from | small-time to the big fish.

5:53 – I hadn’t had a face to face with Alex since I’d gone undercover.

6:04 – It was colder than the devil’s heart, | raining ice pitchforks | as if the Heavens were ready to fall.

6:06 – Everyone was running for shelter like there was no tomorrow.

6:08 – It didn’t get any better when I got to the subway.

6:14 – The feeling hit me like a point-blank shot straight in the face… Something was not right about this.

6:23 – … but the train doors had already shut behind me. And I was in for a ride.

6:28 – Next stop Roscoe street station… and Alex.

6:46 – Alex was a ghost, nowhere to be seen.

7:03 – I had to find Alex fast.

7:38 – While looking for Alex, I ended up in the middle of big-time crime operation.

8:11 – Something big was going down at Roscoe street. Maybe that’s why Alex had wanted to meet me here. Maybe notOne way or the other, I was going to find out.

8:35 – I thought you’d bring it.

You’re supposed to bring it.

Yeah right.

9:45 – We come to you now live from the crime scene.

9:47 – Who is this?

Right back at you.

9:52 – You are to cease your criminal activities and surrender immediately.

Sure thing, Jim. Me and the boys been talking, and everyone’s real sorry. They’ll never do it again.

10:02 – Being placed at the scene of a bank robbery wouldn’t have tipped the odds in my favor.

11:06 – Max, Jesus, you almost gave me a heart attack.

11:27 – You sure know how to pick a place.

11:47 – There was nothing I could do. He was dead.

11:57 – Somehow he had stumbled upon something big… And ended up stepping on Jack Lupino’s toes.

12:22 – Lupino thought he could get us by taking Alex out, and leaving me to take the fall for it.

12:30 – I went for the hotel first. It was a sad old thing, with flickering lamps and faded colors, cheap mobster punks and tired-eyed prostitutes.

12:38 – I walked straight in, playing it bogart, like I’d done a hundred times before.

12:41 – The place was run by a couple of murdering mobsters, with shark smilies

12:50 – Ladies an’ gentlemen, it’s the pain in the butt. Pain to the Max!

You’re killing me. Did you make that up yourselves or did you get some wino downstairs to come up with it? Don’t answer that. A rhetorical question.

13:08 – Lupino around?

That kinda depends on who’s asking, a friend… or a junk squad plant?

13:24 – Man, I was dodging bullets like raindrops.

13:50 – A letter on the desk caught my eye.

14:03 – Gognitti was a high-strung whiner on the verge of breaking apart like an overamped energizer bunny.

14:11 – He had the brains to run the business but he lacked the balls, always falling short.

14:25 – Anything goes wrong, an’ everybody gonna get dead. Goes double for ya.

14:40 – I had seen nothing coming in, but that didn’t mean it hadn’t been there.

14:50 – Rico Muerte was a regular Keyser Soze, a spook story told to keep the apes in line.

15:46 – The noose sure to tighten around this fugitive criminal, as more NYPD units join the search to apprehend him.

I had just gotten my 15 minutes of fame.

16:43 – And now the weather. The worst winter storm in recorded history continues to pound the city…

17:03 – Our investigation had turned up nothing to link Angelo Punchinello to Valkyr.

17:20 – The Punchinello family bailed you out. You have been waiting for a chance to pay us back.

17:29 – One of our trusted boy has a monkey the size of King Kong on his back.

17:32 – Collecting evidence had gotten old | a few hundred bullets back.

17:39 – I was already so far past the point-of-no-return I couldn’t even remember what it had looked like when I had passed it.

17:56 – This has been waiting to happen.

18:20 – The diary belonged to a hooker named Candy Dawn. The read would have made a vice cop blush.

18:35 – As long as the hag keeps paying for the tapes, the old man could come every day for all I care

18:38 – She had a nice sideline, making secret x-rated flicks of her clients and selling them to the highest bidder.

19:20 – The old service elevator rumbled down to the bowels of Jack Lupino’s hotel.

20:00 – The severe blizzard has ravaged New York for three days nowwith no end in sight

20:12 – We had been snowed from the start in the Valkyr case, and the forecast said there was plenty more where that had come from.

20:14 – But the snowbound city was on my side. Less chance of innocent bystanders getting caught in the crossfire.

20:42 – Captain baseball bat boy has an unbeatable track record in superhero deathmatches…

20:47 – But a six pack of root beer gets me every time!

21:15 – A lifetime ago that would’ve gone down as a narcotics arrest.

21:43 – They step into the next room, and I’m thinking, now they are gonna do it (kill each other). But no! They sit down in front of a TV and solve their differences with a kung-fu fighting video game.

22:04 – I tell you, Candy, I was so depressed I strangled them both with the video game cables.

23:30 – Are you freaking kidding me?!! He’s just one lousy cop! You better be freaking kidding me! Whack him!

23:42 – Something wicked this way comes. Max Payne at large.

24:14 – Turn around, walk away, blow town. That would’ve been the smart thing to do. Guess I wasn’t that smart.

24:23 – His tenement buildings were a seedy hangout for all kinds of sleaze. A liquor store, a pawn shop, a laundromat full of mobster bookies and loan sharks. The list went on.

24:31 – The how and the why of it was a mystery to me, but they knew I was a cop.

24:50 – As if the driver didn’t have a worry in the world.

24:55 – I got a good look of the man riding shotgun.

25:00 – It was Vladimir, the fly in Don Punchinello’s soup.

25:45 – It was a lucky break. The goons inside were spooked.

25:48 – But luck always came with a price tag.

26:02 – The headlines were a depressive read.

26:14 – It was all a scream when you were down for the count and wanted for murder.

27:25 – A beaten up phone in the entrance hall was ringing.

27:28 – It could have been just a junkie in need of a fix, but it turned out to be more sinister than that.

27:34 – Am I speaking to Mr. Payne?

Who wants to know?

My name is Alfred Woden.

27:36 – You must hurry. The police are on their way.

Tell me something I don’t know.

27:42 – They know you are there.

How? And what’s it to you?

28:24 – Gognitti was his usual self, | all talk and no walk.

28:32 – There’s no freaking way he has the guts to try anything after that…

28:36 – One thing you could count on, you push a man too far, and sooner or later he’d start pushing back.

30:18 – Max Payne is waging a one-man war against his former partners in crime.

30:36 – HYPD has been placed on full alert. A citywide APB has been put out on Max Payne.

30:46 – Deputy Chief has promised to take whatever steps necessary to bring him to justice… What those steps may be remains to be seen.

31:35 – Vinnie Gognitti, just the man I’ve been killing to see.

31:40 – I knew from day one there was something screwy about you.

31:43 – What do you think you are doing? You are a freaking cop, you ain’t got a squat on us.

31:46 – You can’t just come in here waving your piece | like it meant something

32:34 – ..but Vinnie had never had the nerve to finish it (the letter).

32:36 – Jack’s gone voodoo.

32:41 – He’s a freaking mad dog. We’re running out of men and business fast

32:48 – Gognitti had been living in mortal fear of his boss.

33:03 – He knew where his boss was, and I wanted to square things up with Jack Lupino.

33:07 – I don’t know about angels, but it’s fear that gives men wings.

33:38 – This was my second train ride of the night. The way it started didn’t promise anything better than the last one.

33:44 – Freezing wind tearing at my face like sandpaper and razors.

35:44 – We are very close to capturing him. You’ll get a full statement then, right now I’ve got better things to do, Ma’am.

35:53 – I figured Bravura to be one of the good guys. Fate had just dropped us on different sides in this.

36:00 – But when it came to capturing me he was way out of his league.

37:24 – It was shakedown time.

37:28 – Where’s Lupino?

Screw you!

Bad start, Vinnie.

37:34 – Aargh! …Police brutality…

I rate pretty high on that.

37:36 – You can’t just hurt me in cold blood.

Uh-uh, just keep telling yourself that.

37:44 – Listen good, Candy man. I’m not going to be anybody’s | fall guy.

37:50 – There was no glory in this. I hadn’t asked for this crap. Trouble had come to me, in big dark swarms.

37:52 – The good and the just were like gold dust in this city.

38:03 – Just me and the gun, and the crook.

38:12 – Book me, take me in, haul me to the freaking jail. Just don’t hurt me

38:38 – And Lupino’s goon squad, the worst stone-cold killers this side of hell.

38:44 – Ragna Rock was as inviting as a headache

39:28 – Given the setting, I was surprised to find that somebody had been passing time reading.

39:44 – I could see how somebody impressionable might get it into their head that we were at the end of time.

40:50 – The room was stacked with light reading such as “Necronomicon”…

41:06 – The only thing I could take seriously was the thought of Lupino taking it seriously.

42:56 – Don’t want to think that one of my boys is not playing with the full deck. Shape up Jack, we are running a business here.

43:16 – Jack Lupino was crazy all right.

43:40 – He was after that old faustian deal – your soul for power and fortune, “Just sign on the dotted line with your blood.”

44:17 – After Y2K the end of the world had become a cliché.

44:20 – But who was I to talk, a brooding underdog avenger alone against an empire of evil, out to | right a grave injustice.

44:28 – Everything was subjective. There were only personal apocalypses. Nothing is a cliché when it’s happening to you.

45:14 – I had known there’d have to be a catch in it somewhere, and this one was the empire state building of catches.

45:19 – Lupino was pumped up and dying to go 15 rounds with a mutant alligator.

45:27 – And then he started this spooky monkey talk. Straight from a bad dream… mine.

46:43 – When Lupino finally went down, I wanted to make real sure he’d stay that way.

46:53 – And that’s when it happened…

46:57 – In stepped this knockout | femme fatale, holding a gun to my face. I returned the favor.

47:08 – Mona Sax, Lisa’s evil twin.

47:10 – Your safety’s off, evil twin. You might hurt someone with that gun of yours.

47:13 – Lisa’s the damsel in distress, I’m the professional. I’d blow you away | without batting an eye.

47:25 – Jack could’t have framed you, not the state he was in.

47:27 – We’re after the same slime bag. Angelo Punchinello’s the one who murdered your friend and framed you with it.

47:32 – You know this for a fact?

I’ve got my sources.

I don’t have a clue these days, I just shoot them as they come.

47:41 – I hate the guts of that sadistic wife-beater.

47:46 – Why not | pool our bullets for this one?

I thought you’d never ask.

47:50 – How do you like your whiskey?

I’m easy, as long as you don’t try to slip me a Mickey.

You’re a real angel, Max.

48:01 – It was good stuff, tasted sweet as honey going down.

48:03 – Nothing personal. Can’t risk you going berserk and getting Lisa killed.

48:18 – Violent shapes moving in darkness [, old and ugly.]

49:17 – Alex and I had a few moments of glory between us.

49:23 – Crime-fighting comrades, the best in NYPD-DEA collaborative team… Good-hearted macho bullshit like that.

49:26 – I would have given anything to have him here as my backup. No such luck. No luck at all.

49:45 – I had thought it would last forever. “Till death do us apart…”. I didn’t want to think about it.

49:47 – Fear was rusty needles poking at my brains. [ Cold and scaly, ] it slithered down my chest.

51:08 – No matter what you do, they’ll still be back good as new.

51:25 – Her diary was open on today’s entry, her handwriting all pretty curves.

51:28 – An army dossier found its way to my desk yesterday.

51:37 – I tried to tell Max about it but he was busy, that cute frown on his brow.

51:39 – Guess it’s nothing, just a mix-up at the courier service…

51:45 – From now on I would always find time for her. A hollow promise. Too little, too late.

52:27 – I woke up in a bad dream. My head felt two sizes too small for my brain…

52:29 – Max Payne, I envy your name.

52:37 – Niagra as in you cry a lot?

He had a baseball bat, and I was tied to a chair. Pissing him off was the smart thing to do.

52:58 – Nothing wrong with a little laugh now and then. Take me for example, I love to watch cartoons.

53:12 – I need to take a leak and maybe grab a cold one at the bar.

53:14 – Don’t worry, I’ll be back to finish this off… And then it’s checkout time.

53:23 – You play, you pay, you bastard.

53:34 – Everyone makes mistakes. Mine hadn’t been to crack jokes about the goon with the bat, he’d have cracked my skull regardless.

53:45 – I had blindly gone after the first bad guy on my hit list when I should have been aiming further up the ladder. At the head of the Punchinello family.

53:53 – I could’t bring myself to be pissed at Mona. Guess I had a soft spot for a pretty face…

54:03 – But when somebody decides to play baseball with your head, you tend to get sore.

54:13 – I was beaten, bruised, and blue. I felt like the chair I had broken to get free.

55:29 – Frankie had left his calling card, a “Captain baseball bat boy” strip, next to a sewer passage filled with bodies.

55:43 – There were enough corpses to | put a mass murderer to shame.

56:00 – Things were fast going from bad to worse.

56:09 – The men in blue had come and gone.

56:22 – Frankie, his boys, and I had the place all for ourselves.

56:33 – Crazy witch, you should’ve heard her. She was a real scream when the boys caught her trying to cap the don.

56:50 – Punchinello’s trio was nothing but bad news.

57:06 – More evidence that Punchinello didn’t like me much.

57:33 – The body would be delivered to them barely recognizable. Case closed.

57:38 – Don Punchinello had the power to be that reliable source, which was no news… But his news was old news.

57:46 – Framing me hadn’t been enough. Don Punchinello had put a hit on me, and it had been important enough for him to give written instructions to Frankie about it.

58:00 – Max Payne should die like a dog for the trouble he’s caused. Frankie, I know I can trust you to give this matter the dedication it needs

58:12 – The hotel bar was fast developing quite a history. True to his words, Frankie was there, having a beer…

58:17 – Jesus Christ! How the hell did you get loose?

Got bored waiting, thought – what the hell, we could just as well finish this here.

59:03 – Had enough?

59:24 – Bang! You’re dead, Max Payne.

I might have laughed, if I had remembered how.

59:30 – What’s this supposed to be? Cops and robbers? Look, if you want something with me, get in line.

59:36 – Peace, man, relax. You know you are a real news item? “Armed and dangerous.”

59:42 – I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse… I’ve always wanted to say that.

59:50 – It’s a bum rap, I’ve been framed.

That’s a moot point. Whatever you did or did not do, I’m sure you had a good reason for doing it.

59:58 – Want to hear me out?

I’m listening.

1:00:05 – Punchinello messing with V is bad for business all around. But that’s not all.

1:00:09 – There’s this guy, Boris Dime, used to pull jobs for me…

1:00:16 – Now the bastard turncoat has gone over to the other side. Punchinello’s.

1:00:34 – If you want to get to Punchinello, you will need heavy duty persuaders… I’m just the man to get them for you.

1:00:43 – Change the ship back under my flag, maybe pop two in the traitor dime’s head while you’re at it

1:00:45 – You’ll get enough guns to start the Apocalypse. You in or out?

Let’s get this show on the road.

1:00:50 – Vladimir was one of those old-time bad guys with honor and morals, which made him almost one of the good guys. None of us was a saint.

1:01:05 – On a night like this you couldn’t help but to think of the dark army of dead men, sleeping with the fishes, cement shoes in line.

1:01:50 – It didn’t sound like a mafia contract at all. It was too cold and all | to the point.

1:02:02 – I’d have to smoke half of his crew to even get near the gangplank.

1:02:37 – Tell me, how much did Dime cost you? I bet it was more than his name.

1:02:40 – Max Payne?

Right the first time.

1:02:44 – You’re dead, punk!

You sure you’re not confusing me with Boris here?

1:02:46 – But you are right of course. Pretty soon, we should get together and have a talk.

1:02:55 – Pissing Punchinello was a dangerous game. But when people get mad, they make mistakes, I should know.

1:02:58 – That’s where I wanted Punchinello, mad enough to trip over his own feet, preferably into a grave.

1:03:38 – You know how to handle yourself. Anybody who says different is calling me a liar.

1:03:50 – Did you get everything you need?


1:03:54 – I owe you. Anything you need…

1:04:04 – But anytime you get between a rock and a hard place, just whistle.

1:04:08 – You really get a bang out of this big time gangster act, don’t you?

1:04:20 – I could only hope that he wouldn’t pass a chance to hear me beg, to see he’s won.

1:04:26 – I want to cut a deal.

1:04:32 – Payne! You’re a dead man!

That’s what everybody keeps telling me.

1:04:44 – His restaurant has seen better days.

1:04:49 – I knew it was a long shot, Punchinello actually showing up, but there is no crime in hoping.

1:06:35 – Vlad had seen my smoke signals.

1:06:50 – When this is over, look me up. I could use a professional like you.

I’ll keep that in mind.

1:07:06 – I heard the stories. The trio were mad dogs. They’d have hung the heads of their enemies over the manor gates if the capo had only let them.

1:07:18 – The trick in my situation was that there was no trick, no matter what the movies tell you…

1:07:27 – It wasn’t about how smart or how good you were. It was chaos and luck, and anyone who thought different was a fool.

1:07:40 – Someone had graciously left the backdoor open for me and killed the guards… My money was on Mona.

1:07:48 – I had read their rap sheets, thick as phonebooks. No one would be walking out of here alive.

1:08:26 – In death, the thug had been promoted to messenger.

1:08:43 – I could only hope she was a good enough gambler to walk away while she was still winning

1:08:57 – It didn’t take me long to run into the trio.

1:09:10 – They weren’t my kind of cards, but I was willing to take a crack at the hand she had dealt.

1:09:20 – The first card was the tower. Maybe that was supposed to be the manor. It got easy after that. The devil was the master of the house, and death was me, coming for him.

1:09:37 – One down, two to go.

1:10:16 – The sick bastard had really gotten a kick out of it (her body).

1:10:25 – Seeing her lying there got me thinking about another woman’s body on another bed…

1:10:39 – Max Payne?

Talk to me.

1:10:46 – You’ve got company. An armed helicopter just landed on the manor grounds. You must hurry.

The more the merrier.

1:11:29 – I could hear Punchinello on the phone, begging for help. He should have been saying his goodbyes.

1:11:38 – Punchinello was a pushover. The moment I stepped into the room he folded like a deuce before a royal flush.

1:11:43 – I was just doing what I was told.

1:11:46 – She’s someone high up, government maybe, I don’t know…

1:11:49 – He was trying to buy more sand for his hourglass.

I wasn’t selling any.

1:12:18 – I could tell when I was outgunned. It was time to take another beating.

1:12:22 – The mystery witch was a real barracuda, trouble on dagger-heel, a smoking assault rifle in her hand, an army of killer suits behind her.

1:12:32 – How sweet, I get to kill two birds with one stone.

1:12:39 – Sooner or later it was going to catch up with you.

1:12:47 – Be a good boy now.

1:12:50 – You’d find that lady luck was really a hooker, and you were fresh out of cash.

1:13:08 – They turned to steam. They did a fade on me. I had never had a chance.

1:13:14 – The witch had got me just as sure as if she’d put a gun to my head and pulled the trigger.

1:14:20 – The letter was staring at me.

1:14:41 – I was in a graphic novel. Funny as hell, it was the most horrible thing I could think of.

1:15:00 – It was a bad line and a prank call, someone spouting insane babble. I could’t make sense of it.

1:15:58 – Don’t lose it! It’s Valkyr! The drug! Snap out of it!

1:17:52 – Honey, I’ve got to run. You can tell me all about it this evening.

1:18:18 – I felt like flatlining. I was all shook up.

1:18:20 – I woke up in a cold sweat, sick and tired to the bone, lying in a puddle of my own puke.

1:18:34 – It took me forever to crawl back to my feet and hit the road

18:18:41 – There was a whole lot of action around the place for a freezing winter night, trucks coming and going, men running.

1:18:49 – I had the drop on the mystery witch, she thought I was dead. I was on her blindside.

1:19:08 – Staggering on the mill roof in ice and snow and wild wind, I was a ninja, my Kung Fu was strong. I wasn’t kidding anybody. At best I was superman on kryptonite about to fall through a skylight, down to where it was all going down.

1:19:20 – The factory was a perfect front for any number of illegal activities.

1:20:08 – The storm was anything but over.

1:20:18 – You don’t have a name for your gun?

Hello! Hell no! You do?

Well, yeah, kind of.

Let’s hear it.

Well, I call it “Dick Justice”.

I rest my case.

1:20:54 – The walky-talky military lingo | could mean only one thing… They were getting ready to destroy the evidence and vanish into the night.

1:21:01 – I was so close. The hidden truths were just around the corner.

1:21:08 – The mercenaries were running a tight operation [ , paperwork and all. ]

1:22:43 – Do you have any idea why this is called “operation Dead Eyes”?

1:23:42 – All of a sudden it read like a crackpot conspiracy theory.

1:24:31 – I thought I was going to die there for sure.

1:24:34 – I need you to get me through the decontamination chamber air lock.

You are crazy! No way! The place is blowing up, for Christ’ sakes!

Either that or back to the cell. Your choice.

OK OK, I’ll do it.

1:26:15 – Just when you though you had reached the deepest depths of horror, it suddenly got worse.

1:26:24 – …you should be glad that now, if not before, your revenge was justifiable on any conceivable morale scale?

1:26:58 – You piece together a jigsaw and the final picture is you finishing the same puzzle.

1:27:16 – The factory went up in a fiery inferno behind me. All my leads were dead, turned to smoke and dust.

1:27:20 – I had lost my way. I hadn’t slept in a million years.

1:27:39 – I could’t remember when I had last seen the Sun. I was on a permanent graveyard shift.

1:27:46 – When the darkness fell, New York city became something else, any old Sinatra song notwithstanding.

1:28:31 – B.B. showed up in his tailor-made suit, gold watch and cufflinks to match. All way beyond a cop’s pay.

1:28:36 – Oozing suave charm, he was guilty as hell.

1:28:42 – What the hell does B.B. stand for anyway? Backstabbing bastard.

Come on. Don’t be like that, have a cigar.

1:28:49 – Maxey, you have no idea how big this is. It’s huge. You have no idea

I think I do. You’re a bribe-taking bent cop who sold out his partner. Those mobsters in the Subway were a dead giveaway, hard to miss.

1:29:05 – Bet it was exactly like this with Alex, up close and personal.

1:29:09 – You can’t win this one, Max.

No, but I can make damn sure none of you do, ether.

1:29:15 – B.B. turned out to be another cardboard cutout bad guy…

1:29:55 – The police are now saying, contrary to their earlier statements, that Max Payne is still alive and at large.

1:30:52 – Max Payne?

Whatever does it for you.

1:31:10 – Mr. Payne, let’s go inside. The others are anxious to begin.

1:31:22 – … This building … is the oldest municipal building still in use here…

No kidding.

1:31:28 – The answers I was after loomed large ahead.

1:31:40 – I would like to introduce you to my colleagues in what we call the inner circle.

You’ve been watching too much X-files.

1:31:47 – We can fill the gaps, provide you with the information missing from the files.

What’s the catch?

1:31:57 – We would very much like to | blow this thing wide openbut our hands are tied.

1:32:18 – She is the president of Aesir corporation. She has more than half the city in her pocket.

1:32:29 – We need you to take her out. Afterwards we can protect you, make all the charges go away.

That was the cue for | the killer suits | to kick in the doors and swarm inside.

1:33:21 – …waking from his dirt nap, looking smug among his dead pals.

1:33:24 – In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.

1:33:26 – I didn’t know how he’d pulled it off, but it was a pretty slick way to get out of all his promises.

1:33:32 – Most of what he said fit too well to be a load of crap.

1:33:42 – … he is actually providing a service long overdue to the city…

1:33:45 – This crusade nonsense has gone too far.

1:34:15 – I remembered Candy Dawn, taping her clients in action on the side, selling the tapes to the highest bidder.

1:34:21 – I was sure that kinky sex was nowhere near Alfred Wooden’s worst sin…

1:34:52 – The high-rise was sealed as tight as a sci-fi fortress.

1:35:10 – Some have gone as far as to say that Aesir corporation is about to become an even bigger monopoly than [something] ever was

1:36:00 – The serpentine secret society went back a long way, always pulling strings | from the shadows.

1:36:06 – I couldn’t say I was sorry, Wooden’s move … had cut the circle’s membership roster to one.

1:36:40 – Mine wasn’t the most original approach to the problem. It wasn’t as if it hadn’t all been done before…

1:36:44 – An eye for an eye, the first principle of revenge, old as dirt, still going strong.

1:37:14 – When I was ready, I parked the stolen wheels at the front entrance of the Aesir corporation HQ. Got out, got in, got cracking.

1:37:20 – I had a bullet with Nicole Horne’s name on it.

1:37:27 – She had ultra-high-tech security systems, enough mercenaries and weaponry to start World War III. There was no fear.

1:38:44 – Mona. Looking good. / Max, we gotta stop meeting like this.

1:38:49 – It will be a cold day in hell before I’ll let a narc cop stop me. Ms. Sax, do your job.

1:38:57 – Relax, Max. You’re a nice guy, I don’t kill nice guys.

You’re not bad yourself.

1:40:07 – Something clicked for the final time.

1:42:30 – Hacking through Horne’s computer would have unearthed files of criminal plans, strategies for world domination…. all of the above, take your pick. I really didn’t care anymore. I had seen too much of it already.

1:42:52 – But it had turned out to be a one-way demon ride to hell. The devil was in the drug. I knew. I had met him…

1:43:03 – The queen of the underworld who had tried to lift herself a bit closer to heaven with her drug money.

1:43:12 – No begging, no bribes, she knew betterhonor among killers, “We who are about to die.”

1:43:20 – All this because your wife stuck her nose into things that were none of her business.

1:43:34 – It’s ridiculous you have made it this far.

1:45:05 – You’re fighting a loosing battle.

1:45:45 – Max Payne, face it! You’re up against non-beatable force…

1:46:19 – What do you mean “he is unstoppable”? You’re superior to him in every way that counts. You’re better trained, better equipped… He is outnumbered 20 to 1. Do your job!

1:49:47 – And then it was all over. The storm seemed to lose its frenzy, The ragged clouds gave way to the stars above.

1:50:14 – Hold it right there.

1:50:27 – You gave us one hell of a ride… Take him down to central booking.

You heard the man.

1:50:37 – It wouldn’t be over till the man with the patch would say so. He’d say the right words. I knew he would. He’d better.

1:50:44 – Woden grinned smugly, it was the grin of a winner. That made two of us.

Wow, it seems you’ve made it to the end of this new-vocabulary-grammar-intensive article… But did you actually work through all the findings?  No shirking? Sweet! That’s what I call being persistent at mastering English!


russia-flag Вы дочитали и проработали статью до конца? Так держать!

Если Вы дочитали до конца эту статью, то я уверен, что Вы узнали много нового про английский язык (при условии, что Вы действительно проработали предложения выше).

Проработать так много материала это совсем не шутки, а вполне серьёзный подход к делу.

Теперь же дело за малым: эффективно всё перенести в речевой актив и начать всласть применять новые знания на практике (пункт 3 и 4, соответсвенно).

Спасибо за то, что уделили время.

Удачи в Вашем языковом путешествии!


I am crazy enough to do the whole nine-yards over again. Please bring me to the beginning of the sentences. Yeah!

Did you know that you are more than encouraged to go ahead and tell me in the comments section below how the whole process went?

With that, thanks for taking your time accepting the challenge, reading and working through the article.

Until next time!


2 thoughts on “🇺🇸 Learn English the Hard Way with “Max Payne 1”

    1. Если человек ставит цель научится заказывать кофе, это одно дело. Если же человек хочет, чтобы носители языка стали общаться с ним на равных, то нужен совершенно другой поход к делу.
      “I know, right?” – употребляется в нескольких эмоциональных окрасках. Как вы думаете, важно их все понимать или нет, чтобы пользоваться выражением?
      Свою голову никому не поставить, пока человек сам не сядет и не разберется с выражением, то прогресса не будет. Только вот ещё нужно научиться замечать такие выражения. Прагматика языка очень вещь занятая:
      You sure know how to convince folks. You should talk.
      Sure you know how to convince folks. You should talk.
      Опять же, у кого какие цели.


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