‘Pain And Gain’ Review Roundup
Pain and Gain, the latest film from Michael Bay, hits theaters April 26. Here’s what the critics said about it.
Pain and Gain is about a trio of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring gone wrong. Directed by Michael Bay, this film stars Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Anthony Mackie, alongside former singer Rebel Wilson.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Michael Bay? According to the critics, you can go with that notion and you’ll be right. Pain and Gain uses stars that also appeared in Will Farrell’s The Other Guys, and it will make you wish you were watching that one instead. Michael Bay was actually proud of Armageddon, if that tells you anything.
Michael Bay seems to have pushed money into every supporting role possible, making you wonder what he meant by the word “budget”. Of course, there were no giant alien robots to put on screen, so that’s probably where he saved the money.
Three dopey bodybuilders kidnap a rich guy and make him sign his possessions over to them. The concept is just weak and makes for little more than comedy fodder. Then again, this is Michael Bay’s film, so you can pretty much expect that.
Pain and Gain really is a fitting film for Michael Bay, as it’s filled with muscle-bound idiots surrounded by drug pushers, strippers, hookers, and the like. Mark Wahlberg plays Danny Lugo, a hustler who happens to manage the Sun Gym. He recruits Adrian (Anthony Mackie) and a former Attica inmate Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), and they all dress up in ridiculous Halloween costumes to pull off the job.
Pain and Gain insults the audience’s intelligence with Michael Bay’s usual crass and vulgar humor, which works alongside the imposing characters to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
As stated above, this it typical Michael Bay crap.
What do you think of Pain and Gain?