John Moore (director)
Moore at the premiere of Max Payne, October 13, 2008.
|Occupation||Director, producer, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Fiona Connon (2005–present)|
Early life and career
Moore was born in Dundalk, Ireland and attended Dublin Institute of Technology, where he attained a degree in Media Arts. Upon completing his course, Moore genuinely believed that he wouldn't go on to work within the medium of film, but after a few years, that promptly changed. After graduating, he wrote and directed a series of short films in Ireland. Several of these shorts have featured on Irish TV networks over the years, and along the way Moore founded an Irish-based production company called Clingfilms. He then went on to direct several commercials, including the launch advertisement for Dreamcast, which 20th Century Fox found so impressive they gave him the $17 million (BTL) budget for Behind Enemy Lines.
To date, Moore has made five films for 20th Century Fox: Behind Enemy Lines (2001), Flight of the Phoenix (2004), The Omen (2006), Max Payne (2008) and A Good Day to Die Hard (2013). Despite receiving mixed reviews, both Behind Enemy Lines and The Omen did well at the box office. Flight Of The Phoenix, however, received mainly negative reviews and grossed just under $35 million worldwide, much less than the film's budget. Max Payne also receiving mainly negative reviews, but became a box office success, grossing $85 million on a $35 million budget. A Good Day to Die Hard has also received mostly negative reviews, but grossed $304 million on a $92 million budget, making it his highest grossing film.
In September 2008, Moore was involved in a dispute with the MPAA over the certification of his film, Max Payne. The MPAA gave the film an R rating initially, which Moore argued viciously against. The rating was a month later changed to PG-13, just before theatrical distribution.
Moore's partner is Fiona Connon, a makeup artist whom he met through an industry friend early in his career in Ireland. They have one child, Buzz.
Moore's brother, Éamonn, is a senior Public Health Physician and novelist in the UK. He has written a book called The Maiwand Lion.
During the production of Behind Enemy Lines, Moore was almost hit by a tank that was blasting through a wall. A stuntman had managed to push him safely out of the way.
Despite his films receiving negative reviews from critics, for the most part, Moore's films have proved more popular with audiences than critics. By contrast, critic Armond White has described Moore as "a Peckinpahesque, neo-Eisenstein stylist whose grade-B material (Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen) has kept him from receiving the acclaim he deserves". In his review of Max Payne, White had stated that Moore "explores genuine, contemporary anxiety [and that] his images are richer than his plots".
- Jack's Bicycle (1990) (short film)
- He Shoots, He Scores (1995) (short film)
- Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
- Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
- The Omen (2006)
- Max Payne (2008)
- A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
- "FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 22, 2009.
- White, Armond (November 21, 2008). "Max Payne: John Moore's style makes the video game adaptation a success". New York Press. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
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