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Pain & Gain (SE)
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Dec 17, 2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Michael Bay

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg
Dwayne Johnson
Anthony Mackie

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three bodybuilders (Wahlberg, Johnson, Mack) in Miami get involved in a kidnapping and murder plot that gets them into far more trouble than they expected.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Recently paroled convict Diego Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) spends the better part of his day adding inches to his biceps and telling customers they can do the same. One regimen includes doing some macho version of a sit-up and yelling Im hot! Im big! at himself. Its during one of these that the cops swarm in.

Flash back to six months earlier, with Diego taking a job in a Miami gym and turning it into a But thats not enough. Knowing a client (Tony Shaloub) of his is as wealthy as they come, he recruits bodybuilder Doorbal (Anthony Mackie), whose steroid use has left him important, and fellow ex-con Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), who found God somewhere in the prison walls, to join his team and steal his millions. And thats just the beginning.

Pain & Gain is based on a true story, which the movie reminds us of more than once. Theres been some minor controversy kicked up in regards to the filmmakers making Lugo and company sympathetic characters.

Much of the blame there can be put on director Michael Bay and the cast of Wahlberg and Johnsonboth actors are so likeable and charismatic that, even when theyre kidnapping and running people over, the audience is going to shrug it off, laugh along and root for their getting away with it. In the end, Lugo and Doorbal got the death sentence; but you wouldnt know it from how lightly Bay approaches their crimes. (Perhaps Nick Cassavetes, who at least had the decency to make Alpha Dog a drama, would have been a better fit for the material?) These are not the fun crimes that so many actioners revolve aroundLugo was a real man who, even if he had a few quips at his disposal (and was fortunate enough to have a handsome Oscar nominee portraying him), was a bastard and a killer.

But fans of Bayhem will have no problem with any of this. Theyre here for the muscles and explosions and fast cars and slow-motion and gunplay and boobs and nonsensical lines (You know why habit rhymes with rabbit? Because your whole life goes down the bunny hole.), and so will play along for all 130 minutes. Pain & Gain may be sourced from real life and lack Optimus Prime, but its still not the standout Bay may have hoped for.

THE EXTRAS
The A Game: Michael Bays Pain & Gain (57:10) collects eight making-of featurettes, which can be viewed separately as a whole. They are: Still a True Story: Ripped from the Headlines, Back to Basics: Michael Bays Vision, American Dreamer: Daniel Lugo, Passion Player: Paul Doyle, Dirty Work: Adrian Doorbal, Victimless Crime: Victor Kershaw, Diamonds in the Rough: Locations, and The Real Deal: Law Enforcement. Fans of Pain & Gain will enjoy these looks at the characters, inspirations, style, and more of the movie.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Even though its based on a true story about despicable kidnappers and murderers, Pain & Gain cant help but be transformed into complete Bayhem by its director and stars, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. This Special Collectors Edition of Pain & Gain, unlike the initial release from August, includes a collection of making-of featurettes.
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9:00AM on 12/20/2013
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my roomate's half-sister makes $86 every hour on the laptop. She has been laid off for five months but last month her income was $16579 just working on the laptop for a few hours. straight from the source... www.Buzz19.com
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7:08PM on 12/18/2013

It was a decent flick

I think mainly due to the performances. It had some funny lines, funny off the wall moments but really overall should not have been in a movie based on some garish crimes perpetrated by these goons. I also think these characters should not have been portrayed by such likeable guys - but hey Hollywood is all about making a buck. I watched it once, at some point I may watch it again mainly due to Dwayne and Mark but I am glad I didn't drop the coin to see it in the theater, I liked it but not
I think mainly due to the performances. It had some funny lines, funny off the wall moments but really overall should not have been in a movie based on some garish crimes perpetrated by these goons. I also think these characters should not have been portrayed by such likeable guys - but hey Hollywood is all about making a buck. I watched it once, at some point I may watch it again mainly due to Dwayne and Mark but I am glad I didn't drop the coin to see it in the theater, I liked it but not enough to spend 30 bucks in the big house.
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9:05AM on 12/17/2013

Proof positive...

that a movie can both suck and blow at the same time.
that a movie can both suck and blow at the same time.
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