Pain & Gain (based on a true story — no really, it’s true!) is Michael Bay’s latest flick and it has everything: comedy, action, crime and even romance (not to mention Marky Mark, Dwayne Johnson and Rebel Wilson). What else does this movie have? Cringe-worthy moments, unexpected gore and someone other than Marky Mark making the movie as great as it was.
This movie is about two juice heads/personal trainers at Sun Gym who decide their lives aren’t going the way they want, and the best way to get what they want is to rob the people who have what they want. Makes sense, right? Danny Lugo, played by Marky Mark, enlists newly released ex-con and “Team Jesus” member Paul Doyle, played by none other than The Rock, to help him and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) to kidnap and rob disgustingly rich Victor Kershaw. A lot of things go wrong with their ploy, causing everything to get a little more violent. I don’t want to reveal too much about the movie, but things get way out of hand and slightly ridiculous — so much so that the movie reminds viewers at one point that it’s “still a true story.”
Much to my disappointment for the beefy Marky Mark, The Rock totally carried this movie. (And I don’t mean carried it literally, though he probably could have with those loaded guns he has in place of arms. Wowza.) His character is almost too much to handle. Between his love for JC, plethora of “Team Jesus” tee-shirts, obscene cocaine addiction and general slowness, he’s by far the best part. (Kudos to you, Mr. Johnson. Who knew you could really act?) Other notable parts of the flick: Rebel Wilson NOT being weird (surprisingly, she’s pretty good) and Ed Harris.
The movie dragged a little bit, closing off at a little over two hours, but other than that it was pretty good. Definitely not what you think it will be going into it, so bonus points for that. One thing is for sure though: I reeeeally want to read the articles that inspired the movie and the memoir written by the poor schmuck that had to live through that torture.
The line of the movie, courtesy of Dwayne Johnson:
“Jesus Christ has blessed me with many gifts and one of them is knocking people the fuck out.”