Michael Bay knows how to make blockbusters. Bad Boys, Armageddon, The Rock, Pearl Harbor, Transformers — Michael Bay is good at what he does, and that is making action movies with massive budgets. Are his movies always successful with critics? Far from it. Are his movies always entertaining? They sure are. Pain and Gain, which is set for release this April, looks to capture the thrills, drama, and even the laughs of Bay’s signature big-budget action flicks. With a star-filled cast and a hilariously absurd premise, Pain and Gain will be one to watch as the spring movie season kicks things off in 2013.
Pain and Gain’s plot is simple, but judging by early trailers, the delivery will be far from it. Starring a pumped-up Mark Wahlberg, an always in-form Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and the more recent standout Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Pain and Gain seeks to pin audiences to their seats with a non-stop, high-octane adventure. Here’s the scoop: a trio of underachieving bodybuilders, led by the scheming Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg), are out to make a quick buck. The plan? Kidnap and rob from one of Miami’s richest men, Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub). As you can imagine, their plot goes horribly wrong, and what follows is a frantic, outrageous cops-and-robbers story that is guaranteed to have audiences laughing out loud.
The film has been noted as having the lowest budget of Bay’s more recent films, coming in at about 25 million dollars. The film is also being talked about in connection with the true events that Pain and Gain draws from. Known as the Sun Gym Gang, these bodybuilders had a “penchant for steroids, strippers, and quick cash”. The true story resulted in death sentences for Lugo and one of his associates, Adrian Doorbal (played by Mackie). How the film handles the mid-90s crime spree will be interesting, especially for those who live in Miami and may have prior knowledge of the events.
The film has no shortage of talent; joining Wahlberg, Johnson, Mackie, and Shahloub are Ed Harris, Ken Jeong, Rob Corddry (one of the most popular correspondents on The Daily Show), and talented Australian comedian/actress Rebel Wilson. Wahlberg and “The Rock” have become comedy darlings of late, but can they keep that momentum going? No critical reviews have been confirmed as of yet, but according to RottenTomatoes.com, 97% of those who voted are anxiously awaiting Pain and Gain’s release on April 26th.
The screenplay for Pain and Gain was written by Christopher Markus, the pen behind The Chronicles of Narnia, Captain America: The First Avenger, and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World. A vastly different type of movie from those mentioned, it is still nice to see an established writer behind the scenes. Pain and Gain is being distributed by Paramount Pictures, but an MPAA rating has not yet been confirmed.
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