Sound Off: Michael Bay's New Movie 'Pain & Gain' - Your Thoughts?

April 26, 2013

Michael Bay's Pain & Gain

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!

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I loved it!!! The Rock was great he is becoming a very good actor!!! The story is so crazy but true that you shake your head and laugh your ass off!

Professor_Bedlam on Apr 26, 2013


I really enjoyed it! I read the original story on the Miami Times website. took up a good 2 hours, but it's what sold me to go watch the movie. And I was surprised with how accurate it was for being a ludicrous Michael Bay film. Of course, it had its typical Hollywood changes to the story. Like dumbing down the plot a lot and there being significantly less characters (The Rock's character was made up of like 3 key people from the real-life story), but there were so many little details that stayed true, including direct quotes n everything. overall, it was a ton of fun. It had it's immature Michael Bay humor that some don't care for, but I found it refreshing and pretty damn funny with the dark comedy approach this movie had. Also, this is by far, the Rock's best performance as a coke head born again jesus freak! After I watched the movie though, and read about how the movie portrayed the victims of the Sung Gym's gang's violence, I did feel bad for laughing and having a good time during scenes of torture and where the bodies of the victims where being mutilated. It was a bit unsettling how they made the movie lol. The true story is very dark, but can be seen as having bits of dark comedy to it, so I understand why they went in this direction. would it have been better if it was by a different director and was some epic crime drama? maybe. but I still liked what I saw last night, and it was a great 2 hrs of fun that was worth every penny in my opinion.

Jacob Denton on Apr 26, 2013


I love dark comedies but damn this was the darkest comedy I have ever seen....and I totally loved it! I Dwayne Johnson is a fantastic actor FACT.

SkyNet300 on Apr 26, 2013


Th Rock was the Character to watch in this movie. I loved this film it kept me entertained because I couldn't believe these three guys really did what they did in real life lol. Still a great start to my Summer movies. Well done Mr. Bay

D 'Dawk Lawd' West on Apr 26, 2013


Ever play the RPG game 'Fiasco!'? That's basically what this was.

lewinston on Apr 26, 2013


Did you like Spring Breakers, Alex?

DavideCoppola on Apr 27, 2013


It was better than I was expecting and better than a lot of critics make it out to be. I hate Michael Bay but it was fun and I enjoyed it for what it was.

N. on Apr 27, 2013


Not as good as everyone has been saying. About 20ish minutes too long too. The Rock is the highlight of the film, but overall it is forgettable in my opinion. A red boxer for sure.

HealthyPoison on Apr 27, 2013


I loved The Rock and Wahlberg. Only in Miami would something this crazy happen haha. Bay scored with Pain and Gain.

Tdog on Apr 29, 2013

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