Pain & Gain (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
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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!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many people think this movie is somewhat stupid but I think it is a great comical movie and the fact that it is based on a true story just makes it even better. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Stb
If you happen to be a big fan of body building and classic rug to riches to jail way of movie then this is the best movie for you.Published 11 days ago by charles05
Good movie. Mark Walberg and Duane Johnson are a great compilation.Published 12 days ago by Travis Larrabee
I love this movie, it cracks me up! But, it is the longest comedy I've ever experienced.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Miami News Times true story is much more interesting and entertaining than this movie. The movie could have been so much better. About 1000 f bombs.Published 28 days ago by K. Guest
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