Sound Off: Michael Bay's New Movie 'Pain & Gain' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
April 26, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You know who invented salad? Poor people." Now in theaters everywhere is Michael Bay's Pain & Gain, his first non-Transformers movie since The Island in '05. The based-on-a-true-story drama set in Miami stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson & Anthony Mackie as three tough guys who devise a plot to rob a rich guy for his cash and live the sweet, buff life. Of course things go wrong, and we watch as it all falls apart. Is it really Bay's best movie yet? How are the three lead actors and the cast? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Bay's Pain & Gain.
To feel the burn and fuel the muscles, I really enjoyed Pain & Gain (I first saw it at CinemaCon in Vegas last week - video blog here). It would make a fun double feature with Spring Breakers as a perfect "American dream" movie. This is easily one of the darkest comedies Michael Bay has ever made, and possibly his best film yet, considering an improved focus on characters with a solid script. I know it's full of mostly unlikable people (except that I totally love Dwayne Johnson so damn much in this) but there's something incredibly entertaining about Bay taking a break from robots to give us a glossy, laugh-out-loud funny, muscle men, Miami-set crime caper. I had a lot of fun watching this, and if you can go in with that mindset it's enjoyable.
What did you think of Michael Bay's Pain & Gain? Fun entertainment or an idiotic let down? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!