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Pain & Gain

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Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
4.40 /10
Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris
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Directed by: Michael Bay
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Pete Collins

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 129

Warning! Bay attempts humour!
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Michael Bay is mostly notorious for action movies such as the Transformers series. Here, he attempts comedy, and it turns out to be even more brutal, loathsome and crude than his previous efforts.

Based not very faithfully on a true story, the film sneers at three dim Florida bodybuilders – though in real life they weren’t nearly as naive or lovable as they are portrayed here - who turn to a life of crime by kidnapping an obnoxious rich guy (Tony Shalhoub) and torturing him until he signs over everything he owns to them. Oh, and they kill a couple of other people too and chop them up.

Mark Wahlberg (pictured right), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (left) and Anthony Mackie have all done good comedic work before, but Bay’s heavy-handed direction and love of bloody violence undermine every attempt at humour.

When Bay isn’t dwelling on torture and murder with obscene relish, he’s ogling the breasts and bottoms of his female “characters”.

Movies don’t come crasser or uglier than this. This is all pain, absolutely no gain.

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