Pain & Gain (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
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I judge a movie by how much I want to see the conclusion when I'm about halfway through it, and Pain & Gain was a movie I was interested to see how it ended and what was its point. I'm somebody who likes comedies and funny banter but I also like character development. One thing I liked about this movie the most was how the voiceovers switched between the different characters and it wasn't just one person doing the majority of the voiceovers.
And I think The Rock did a decent job as the stand-in Jesus freak. I've a hard time watching him in movies for some reason but in this one it was okay. If you're a fan of Mark Wahlberg and figure enjoy this movie thoroughly.
From one scene to the next I was both shocked by the gruesome horror of what was happening (knowing it's a true story) and laughing my [butt] off, at the same time! All the main actors were able to sell the callously brutal, yet amazing stupid characters that they were portraying.
The supporting actors (Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, etc.) were superb (or maybe superbly directed???).
If you've got a dark, sarcastic sense of humor, like me - I highly recommend this film. If you don't have that kind of a sense of humor, you might be over-whelmed by the gory-ness of some scenes, and generally come away from the movie with a very negative feeling. If that's the case, you should develop a sense of humor like mine!
They fumble their way through the operation and become greedy. It is clear these guys were not bright. The writers created dialouge for these crooks in order to lighten the story and to keep them from looking like complete idiots. Fictional aspects such as making the nurse (Rebel Wilson) look heavy-set with portraying Doorbal as liking those type of women kept the story from becoming dry.
The beginning of the film demonstrates some humor as Danny names fictional characters as his heroes..."There are no shortcuts to the American dream" he proclaims. In spite of the efforts made by the writers, the film somehow loses its hook and charm as you wait for it to end.
Parental Guide: F-bombs, sex, and nudity. Porn star Nikki Benz is one of the unnamed strippers.
Premise: Danny Lugo (Wahlberg) is a body builder who is sick of being poor. With his friend, Adrian (Mackie), and an ex-con (Johnson), Danny decides to rob a spoiled and egotistical businessman named Victor Kershaw (Shalhoub). After seemingly succeeding, Kershaw turns to a private investigator (Harris) to recover his finances and deal with the trio...But everything gets out of hand quickly.
Thoughts: This is a Michael Bay film. As such, it matches his general off-kilter aesthetics and love of the "BOOM, BANG, BOOM". That said, this is different from his most recent endeavors (i.e. the Transformers) in that it is exceedingly more violent. However, the cast give morbidly entertaining performances which quickly helped make this a much more enjoyable film. Visually intense, dark and even surprisingly violent at times - the film is an enjoyable dark "R" comedy.
Should you buy it: This comes down to a matter of taste. Do you regularly enjoy Michael Bay films? Then yes, this is a pretty good purchase. I intend to buy it on Bluray since I found it to be quite enjoyable despite the dark content. Unwilling to commit? Rent away!
***Stop reading if you don't like spoilers.***
The story starts with Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) running from what is an obvious raid on his place of employment, he's hit by a car and then the story flashes back to 6 Months earlier.
Daniel is a personal trainer at a local Miami Gym and he comes in contact with a very well to do Colombian-Jewish Entrepreneur. The Entrepreneur's name is withheld to protect the innocent but, needless to say, this guy hires Daniel as Personal Trainer and begins to tell him all about his success in life.
Now Daniel attends a Johnny Wu (Never actually happened) seminar where he is convinced he is A doer and only needs to come up with a plan then make it happen.
One thing leads to another Daniel recruits his two friends, Paul and Adrian, to come up with a plan of how they're going to take the Entrepreneurs life, money, and property away to make it their own.
Needless to say, this whole thing leads to kidnapping, extortion, fraud, attempted murder, a double murder, and two death penalties for 6 months of living the high life.
The acting was decent overall but, playing three dumb, homicidal, muscle heads (no this is not an insult to weight lifters, these guys really were dumb) probably isn't all that challenging.
The movie itself was actually very entertaining, disturbing, and actually well done. I was given tickets to a screening but, I would have honestly paid to see this movie had I not known what I know now.
If you're okay with somewhat morbidly bizarre comedies then you won't be disappointed by this.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OMG, this movie is horrible. It takes a true story of greed, murder and mayhem and turns it into a comedic mess. Sucked to the max. PLEASE do yourself a favor and skip it.Published 28 days ago by Black Knight
It upsets me that this film exists. It angers me that I actually sat through it.Published 1 month ago by BDM_1981
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