Pain & Gain
This is a painful review of Michael Bay’s movie, “Pain and Gain” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and my one of my favorite actors of all time “Mark Wahlberg”.
The movie is a true story that takes place between the years of 1994 – 1995 in Florida. Mark Wahlberg plays Daniel Lugo a guy who wants to live the American Dream. But his American Dream is working at Sun Gym as a trainer. Sun Gym is run and operated by John Mese played by Rob Corddy. Then, one day, Victor Kershaw who is played by Tony Shalhoub walks into the gym. Victor is a self – made businessman with lots of money. Victor is mean, snobby and he explains to Daniel how he got to be a wealthy man. Daniel gets sick of living the same dull life and attends a motivational seminar with a speaker named Johnny Wu played by Ken Jeong. Daniel get inspired listening to the speaker and then thinks of the craziest ideas ever by kidnapping and torturing Victor to him give him all of his money and assets. And I mean everything! But Daniel can’t do this alone and he asks his friend Adrian Doorball, played Anthony Mackie, who uses steroids in a special place (we won’t mention where). Adrian agrees to help and Daniel also turns to Paul Doyle played by Dwayne Johnso. Paul, bad idea,is a cocaine addict who just got out of prison and looks to religion for help in times in need. Daniel and his gang kidnap Victor and the just of the movie gets haywire from there, with intense gruesome torture, stripers, drugs, lying, and secrets. The movie also stars Rebel Wison as Robin Peck, Ed Harris as Ed DuBois, Michael Rispoli as Frank Griga, Kelli Lefkovitz as Krisztina Furton, and yes, Michael Bay directed the movie.
The movie is based on a magazine articles and book “Pain and Gain” by Peter Collins. I was so disappointed. I really was! I was watching and reading reviews about the movie and there were some negative reviews and this is definitely a negative review. I was going to give this movie a chance, because it’s directed by Michael Bay, but this movie was horrible. I was super excited because Mark Wahlberg was in the movie, but still, I was just disappointed. I’m going to first talk about the stuff that I enjoyed. I enjoyed the plot, Mark Wahlberg, and the cinematography. The plot I really enjoyed and I liked the fact that it had some drama but the horror and the gruesome parts were definitely horrible. I liked the idea of the movie since it’s a true story and the fact that it’s an original idea to make this type of movie. The one character I liked the most was Mark’s character Daniel Lugo. Mark Wahlberg means a lot to me. He is a true inspiration and I love his work. In this movie, he was pretty good and I liked his character since he was a bad guy, but I was routing for him so that he doesn’t get caught. But, I think what held Mark back from the movie was the script. I will get more into the script in a second, but I loved the cinematographer, Ben Seresin. I loved all the bright colors. It was the 90’s and everything was neon and each scene was loaded with bright colors which was awesome and it is what made the movie pop! Now I will talk about the horrible, irritating and annoying things. So where to start? I will talk about the script first. The screenplay was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFelly who also wrote the movie, Captain America. I loved Captain Amercia who is my favorite Avergers’s character. But this script was really bad. The some parts that were spoken sounded like the conversation wasn’t complete. Just a terrible! I hated the fact that the movie was all over the place, scrambled. Some scenes felt like they weren’t finished and just didn’t feel complete/done. Now some of the scenes made me feel very uncomfortable. For example, one scene where Mark, Dwyane, and Anthony torture Tony’s character (Victor) in a warehouse where there’s sex toys. There were scenes filmed in strip clubs and it gets worse, steroids are being injected into certain places of their bodies! UGH! I won’t say where, I’m trying to keep this at a “PG” level. This made it very awkward when you are watching the movie with your Dad! I want to talk about the camera work too. The camera appeared very shaky at times. I know they like to shake the camera to make a scene a little dramatic, but it was way too much! Next let’s talk about the cast. Everyone, expect Mark, was horrible. Anothny Mackie’s character Adrain made me feel sick to watch and I couldn’t stand watching him. I got tried of him being up on the screen. His character made me think squirrels who were much smarter than him! Dwayne’s character was so messed up it drove me crazy thinking that this movie was right movie for him. Dwayne’s character was so messed in the head! His charctaer (Paul) was involved with drugs and then turned to religion for help. I just shake my head because the character was too complicated. Ken Jeong wasn’t in the movie too much. He just told people to be a “doer” and not a “don’ter”. I don’t think Ken was very funny in this movie. Now, if I can give an award to any supporting actress so far this year, it would be to Bay Paly. Honey, stick to modeling. This acting was terrible — OMG! Her character would not stop talking and that times I had no clue what she was talking about. She gave me a headache. Ugh!
Now a message to Michael Bay,
Don’t mess up “Transformers 4”! OK! You have Mark in “Transformers 4” and I’m scared to see your next movie because, this movie was horrible. HORRIBLE!!! How horrible? I saw a guy walk out in the middle of the movie it was so horrible and my Dad won’t watch your movies anymore because he said this movie was “terrible”! He told me that I better give this movie an “F”. But I am not! Look below for your grade Michael.
I give this movie a “D”