Written July 29, 2016
Pain & Gain. Where to begin? Finally getting off his Transformers debacle (hate em or love em) Bay puts himself back in familiar territory with a good old fashioned adventure. Now this is by far his strangest film and easily his best since the rock. Bay has always had a knack for flashy shots, but he out does himself here with full blown beautifull camera work. The Rock and Mark are equally as stunning, with the rock giving his best performance to date. The story is incredibly well paced, going from comedy/hoax to serious/sick. Extremely well paced, extremely well shot, and extremely well acted, I have begun to belive in Michael Bay again. Fantastic movie experience that will likely become a classic.
Written June 25, 2016
I'm not a Michael Bay fan, and probably wouldn't have seen the movie if I had known he directed it, but I did like this movie. One key point: this is a DARK comedy, so don't expect an action comedy like Wahlberg's "Big Hit" or Dwayne Johnson's "Rundown". The movie made me laugh, and disturbed me. My Rating: catch the matinee. And don't take the kids.
Written June 29, 2016
Pain and Gain is a must see - but probably not for everyone. Some graphic scenes can make it tough for a wide audience, BUT it IS based on a true story - which is larger than life and just a smart move to make a movie about. Having been in this industry for a long time and seen all too many things - I can tell you this story was SO well done about the odd personalities in the fitness industry. But the bigger story is just great. Go see it.
Written August 31, 2016
This movie is factually based, and the facts are sad and unfunny. Everyone overacts and they act stupidly. It's quite violent, too. Wait for the DVD.
Written August 27, 2016
I think it's a good movie, but I don't think it's a spectacular movie. It has a decent plot, it has some action, and a couple good laughs here and there, but it just missed *something.* I didn't walk away feeling a wow factor, and it's not one that I would probably watch again in the future unless I happened to catch it on TV. Still, not a bad movie, and I was kept entertained.