Pain & Gain

11 Apr



Synopsis: “A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.” (Rated R; 2 hours, 9 minutes)

Extremely entertaining, funny, and “based on a true story”. Why the quotation marks? I’ll get to that later… It’s somewhat shocking that the movie is by Michael Bay, the same director who loves to make bloated mega-movies like Transformers and Pearl Harbor. To be fair I generally love his movies, but that’s because I have the ability to enjoy big, loud, brainless garbage. Give me Armageddon any day and I’ll leave the movie theater super happy. And let’s not forget this is the same director who recently went viral after doing this at a major CES convention.

At the end of the day, he managed to make a movie that was small (by his standards), and caused some controversy by turning the bad guys into the likable protagonists, and making the real life victim into a character you dislike and root against. Read more about that right here. But I’m not here to pass judgment on the choice of the writers and filmmakers on portraying the story authentically, because purely as a movie THIS. WAS. FUN.

Mark Wahlberg continues to be shockingly hilarious in his recent roles (my favorite is still The Other Guys), he plays stupid SO well in this movie, and he’s INCREDIBLY built (far more than usual) for the role; his biceps were almost as big as The Rock’s… speaking of which The Rock is pretty darn funny himself as a super-sensitive thug. Don’t get me wrong, this may have cracked Adi and myself up, but it’s a comedy for the Tarantino crowd; it’s dark and violent, but nonetheless a surprisingly well-made Michael Bay movie I can easily recommend, even if it did insult the real people it was based on…

The movie was better than Bay’s The Island, an over-the-top sci-fi flop that I managed to enjoy in spite of its badness, and it still wasn’t as much fun as his classic action extravaganza The Rock – I miss Sean Connery!!!

Quality Rating: B+ (I almost gave it an A- but I suppose there should be SOME social responsibility to not only changing the true story, but doing it in a way that offends the still-living victims, right?)

Boaz Rating: A (Still, it was so much fun to watch play out!)


8 Responses to “Pain & Gain”

  1. movierob April 13, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    hmm. wasn’t planning on seeing this, but after reading your review, I think I might give it a try. Thanks Boaz!

    Liked by 1 person

    • boazconstrictor April 13, 2014 at 9:56 am #

      You know I’m gonna be flattered when I convince you to see something, and I’ll be even more flattered if/when you have no regrets! 🙂


      • movierob April 13, 2014 at 11:44 am #

        I never have regrets even if the movie sucks, cause now I know it does 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • movierob May 8, 2014 at 3:48 am #

        yea, can’t say I loved it, but it did have its moments .

        Thanks for the recommendation Boaz!


  2. boazconstrictor April 13, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    We’re two peas in a pod!


    • movierob April 13, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Ever since Robbie introduced us, I knew we were kindred spirits. Just waiting for you to visit Israel for us to get a chance to see a movie together cause I doubt I’ll be in your neck of the woods in the near future 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Lawrence April 30, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    My favorite movie last year! seriously.
    Doesn’t hurt that I’m a meat myself.


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