Written June 30, 2015
I don't mean that it just isn't funny. It really isn't a comedy. IT was amazing only in how horrible it was. Based upon a true story, this was a story that didn't need retelling and I'm stunned that it has the cast and director that it does. don't waste your money and don't waste your time when it comes out on cable.
Written July 04, 2015
I was not familiar with the true story that this was based on. I honestly thought it was going to be a simple kidnapping and extortion story - bad guys get caught - justice is served.
Next time - I will be doing a bit more checking before I head out to the cinema. Because - I definitely did not get what I was expecting.
I really don't blame the actors (other than for going along with it). But, a lot of stuff could have been toned down and the writing needed some help.
I really liked the cast - I think they did a pretty decent job considering what they were working with.
Written August 05, 2015
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 December 20, 2014
Although this movie has "big names" playing the lead roles, it failed to deliver. Labeled as a "Dark Comedy", the comedy parts did not strike a laugh out of me. And I've seen dark comedies before and usually get a laugh. Long story short this movie should be deemed as a movie to watch when you are bored and can't find nothing else to view. This is something to pass the time.
Written April 19, 2015
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.