Muscles & Mayhem

coverPain & Gain is a 2013 American crimecomedy film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. The film is based on a story published in a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles written by Pete Collins andcompiled in Collins’ 2013 book Pain & Gain: This is a True Story, which details the kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several victims by an organized group of criminals that included a number of bodybuilders affiliated with Sun Gym.

I was really looking forward to seeing this film, a stellar cast line up and to think this whole film was based on a true story is unbelievable. This is perhaps my favorite Michael Bay film ever, the camera shots are so detailed and easy on the eye, the soundtrack is so inspiring so motivating and it all intertwines into the motive of the film and the motive of the main protagonists.

Throughout the film there is a constant twist and turn, one minute its very suspenseful and reminiscent of a horror film, the next it sort of eases off into a laid back Miami stroll across the beach much like the opening scenes of Bad Boys, innocent and quiet but you know somethings about to go down.

Comedic elements are thrown into the film with Dwayne Johnson out of his comfort zone of stereotyped the usual hard ass, in this film he plays a devoted catholic out of prison trying to make amends. His character is soft, somewhat caring even but yet gets dragged back down into this world of crime. By the end of the film after the main protagonists have kidnapped a man, stolen all of his assets and killed a few people along the way, you almost feel sorry for them when they are standing trial at the end of the film.

With this being based on a real story it has obviously being dampened down somewhat so in turn you are actually feeling sorry for Dwayne, Mark and Anthony but in reality you wouldn’t feel an ounce of remorse for the sickening acts that occurred in real life. Guys you should defiantly go and see this film, I would even dare to say that for me its the film of the summer!