Pain & Gain (2013)

Pain and Gain

Director: Michael Bay

Writers: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

(Based on magazine articles by Pete Collins)

It takes a certain type of person to enjoy this.  A lot of this movie is pretty accurate.  There are details that are changed to make the movie more entertaining and the lead characters more sympathetic but the bottom line is that this is a comedy about real people who really kidnapped, tortured, and murdered.

I understand the dodgy morals behind this but just taking it as a film I enjoyed its ruthlessness and its bite.  After making the dopey Transformers trilogy Bay used his power to make a low budget (by his standards) black as night comedy using some of the biggest stars today and it was released right at the start of the blockbuster movie season.

The movie is disgustingly funny, the tits are big and fake, the muscles even bigger, which fits perfectly into its mid 90s Miami setting.  Dwayne Johnson turns in another fantastically entertaining performance as a somewhat reformed their/cocaine/gym addict.  Seriously the guy just oozes charisma and even in total junk he is easily the most entertaining thing on screen.  It would be nice if he kept doing dark and different things like this instead of sequel clean up duty (The Mummy, G.I. Joe, Fast & Furious, Journey 2, Be Cool, seriously he loves sequels where he wasn’t in the original!)

This movie is pretty sick, I can’t think of a recent mainstream movie with this kind of pedigree go this dark, but thats what I dug about it.  It has the balls, it has something on its mind, and even though the case is almost two decades old they format it to say something about our current culture that fits alongside recent films like The Comedy and Spring Breakers.

Bay has always had a fairly sick/juvenile side to him, Bad Boys II anyone? but this feels like him just totally unhinged.  Yeah the Transformers movies were dumb but you always kind of got the idea that he hated them too.  Bay is a talented director, although bloated (this runs over two hours and feels about 15-20 minutes too long) and this is probably his “deepest” movie I can recall.  I don’t know if I like it best (The Rock maybe?) but I can’t help but admire its just total wrongness.

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About Jon Watches Movies

Watching a movie a day since January 1, 2011.
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