Pain & Gain 2013

Pain & Gain

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It may be his most thought-provoking film to date, but Michael Bay's Pain & Gain ultimately loses its satirical edge in a stylized flurry of violent spectacle.

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Danny Lupo (Mark Wahlberg), manager of the Sun Gym in 1990s Miami, decides that there is only one way to achieve his version of the American dream: extortion. To achieve his goal, he recruits musclemen Paul (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian (Anthony Mackie) as accomplices. After several failed attempts, they abduct rich businessman Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) and convince him to sign over all his assets to them. But when Kershaw makes it out alive, authorities are reluctant to believe his story.

Cast & Crew

Mark Wahlberg
Daniel Lugo
Ed Harris
Ed Du Bois
Anthony Mackie
Adrian Doorbal
Tony Shalhoub
Victor Kershaw
Ken Jeong
Jonny Wu
Bar Paly
Sorina Luminita
Rebel Wilson
Ramona Eldridge
Stephen McFeely
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Ian Bryce
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Matthew Cohan
Executive Producer
Wendy Japhet
Executive Producer
Ben Seresin
Cinematographer
Jeffrey Beecroft
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Critic Reviews for Pain & Gain

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  • Jan 11, 2017
    Buenas actuaciones, divertida pero totalmente violenta y sin buena dirección. Michael Bay nuevamente lo hace bien entreteniendo pero hace un mal trabajo dirigiendo a actores muy talentosos. Eso si la película es entretenida y divertida. Simplemente palomera.
    Fernando M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2015
    In "Pain & Gain," Daniel Lugo(Mark Wahlberg) is an ambitious athletic trainer in Miami. Even though he has moved over to another gym with a better salary and job, it is not coming quickly enough for him. So, he hatches a scheme with fellow gym rats Paul Doyle(Dwayne Johnson) who just got out of jail and Adrian Doorbal(Anthony Mackie) who is having a bit of shrinkage due to his steroid use to kidnap and rob successful entrepreneur Victor Kershaw(Tony Shalhoub). To quote the classic television series, "Homicide: Life on the Street," there is no such thing as a criminal mastermind. Which would be something to keep in mind while watching Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" which is sadly much more interested in slapstick than in exploring the dark side of the American dream in this sort of true story. So, while there can be humor found in incompetence and incontinence, the same really cannot be said for torture. At least a very good cast that also includes Rebel Wilson and Ed Harris picks up some of the slack playing to their respective strengths, even if it's not quite enough.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2014
    Michael Bay just can't make a complete film, he shows promise at first with this non-robot black comedy based on true events. He gets great performances from Mackie, Johnson and Shaloub but allows Wahlberg to dial it in and the film suffers. Too violent to be comedy and too scattered to be a thriller. What Could of been! 10-12-2014
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2014
    For the first time ever, against all possible eartlhy odds, Michael Bay develops a story. For the first time ever, he directs a film fueled not by action, but by the style. Now that is still shit, but I'll let the 2.5 stars missing talk by themselves and focus only on the good aspects without trying to sound overtly optimistic. I reiterate, this is the first movie that develops a story and applies more focus on the characters. Now, the most ridiculously cool thing about the plot is that it is based on a true story, but something that goes beyond belief is how Michael Bay took this story and saw it as a potential opportunity to treat grim and repulsive subject matter comically, laugh at the extremist perceptions of the American dream causing unbelievably idiotic criminal schemes, and also call the criminals involved in real life "assholes". He's just calling them assholes every time he has the chance. He does all of this while, simultaneously, uses a questionable, restless, Scorsese-like dynamism with juvenile, gross-out behavior, insisting that this is a true story <b>three times</b> during the whole running time because we are dumb shits that find things in movies difficult to believe. Unless, of course, that we are reminded like little children that this is a true story. No suspension of disbelief is required in this bizarre project of styles amalgamation (I love using that word), because the events depicted were only dramatized, but not exaggerated. For some weird reason, I love that, and Bay, towards the end, summarizes that feeling with a funny note: <i>"They say truth is stranger than fiction, and no one teIIs the truth Iike a pissed-off wife."</i>. Of course I dislike this. The excitement of Bay to show to the world that he was capable of actually directing a story (*double checks that I am, indeed, writing something so unbelievable*), and not just action with people and plots as fillers, increased exponentially, resulting in an unstable concoction of styles, humor approaches, ironic remarks, violence, drugs, social commentaries, <b>mockery towards real-life criminals like if he was a moral juror</b>, a bodybuilder facade of Christianism, bodybuilding in general, and perspectives on sexuality, sex, and porn industry artifacts. Still, it was entertaining, it is the third best film in his entire "filmography", and I wouldn't mind to actually PAY to see another of his testosterone-driven adolescent projects as long as he stops playing with his his toy robots and cities with a millionaire budget for a while and focus on what maybe he might be good at besides directing action without stuff necessarily blowing up: dark comedy(???). 52/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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