Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Plot from imdb.com:
A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.



I was able to catch Pain & Gain last night courtesy of Paramount Pictures and David Barton Gym.  Pain & Gain is a star studded comedy, crime, character piece based on various true stories in Miami during 1999.  The true story involves a gang of criminals that included body builders which kidnapped, extorted, tortured and killed, which makes the subject matter quite dark.  But what Michael Bay has done with the cast of Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie and an amazing supporting cast of Rebel Wilson, Ed Harris and Ken Jeong is hilarious.  Mark Wahlberg plays the hot headed body builder ring leader, Daniel Lugo.  His plans are quite on the whim and logical so naturally they of course blow up in face.  Dwayne Johnson as the born again Christian ex con, Paul Doyle, has some of the best scenes and lines.  I actually enjoy seeing him in roles that is not your typical action role so his natural charisma shines.  Anthony Mackie is the impotent buddy to Daniel, Adrian Doorbal along with his wife Rebel Wilson as Ramona Eldridge is hilarious together.  Ken Jeong has a small cameo in the beginning, playing his typical role.  

What really amazes me is that the movie is based on a true story or true stories.  The film can easily have been named Murphy's Law, given the amount of things that go against the gang.  And in case you forget that the movie is based on a true story, they reminds you toward the end amidst the craziness as it unfolds for the gang.  If the movie is trying to teach the audience something, it's that as great as your American dream may be, it will always be limited by your stupidity!

Overall, I really enjoyed the film.  The movie was amazingly made on a $25 million dollar budget with Mark and Dwayne forgoing their salary for a cut of post market earnings.  I gave the film 4.0 stars out of 5.0.  The movie is out this Friday April 26th.  You can catch the trailer here.

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