387. Pain & Gain

Background info

387-pain-and-gainTitle: Pain & Gain
Director: Michael Bay
Year: 2013
Run time: 2hrs 9m

“Michael Bay’s hilarious action comedy Pain & Gain is GoodFellas on steroids. When an ambitious group of personal trainers (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) go after the American Dream, they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Now, living large will take everything they’ve got in the unbelievable true story that critics are calling outrageously entertaining.”

Live blog

0:42 – Go Pro footage!
2:06 – Super slo-mo Marky Mark.
4:14 – “You know what I really don’t like about weights… they’re so heavy.”
7:25 – Florida is very sunny.
10:46 – Margerita money.
13:47 – Mr Chow turned motivational speaker.
18:20 – Heckles again! This has been a Heckles-palooza of late.
18:54 – “Beer’s only an expression.”
23:57 – I love Rebel so much.
25:13 – Who says buff?
31:59 – “Do these tasers rock or what?”
36:23 – I was quite enjoying Danny’s exotic accent.
42:42 – Denim shorts are the worst.
48:20 – Those are the apartments in Dexter! Miami’s finest.
54:10 – Those were some of the worst effects I’ve seen.
59:32 – Bring your daughter to work day? Seriously??
1:04:32 – Miami is so ridiculously beautiful, it’s like it’s been photoshopped.
1:16:58 – I mean yay for the Fresh Prince mention, but my word.
1:20:36 – “Why’s your head green?”
1:25:56 – That’s Ugly Betty’s dad!
1:31:42 – “Best song evah!”
1:40:31 – He can say “not smart” all he wants, but so far none of these plans have been smart!
1:48:11 – So… that’s what the Rock is cooking.
1:53:25 – “You are a very difficult victim, Victor.”
2:00:51 – It makes sense that he’d end up doing weights in the yard. Less so the death part.

Conclusions

As my interest in Mark Wahlberg continues to grow, this had to be on our list of films to watch, although the premise seemed a bit odd and the trailer didn’t peak our interest massively. Still, it looked good, and it was on the Playstation store, as we investigated the Sony option of renting films.

Things I didn’t know about this film before I started watching: it was based on a true story and it was directed by Michael Bay. It wasn’t at all what I’d expect from Mr Bay, low budget and terrible effects where there were any.

But that didn’t mean it was bad. It was weird. Kooky and interesting, it started out very well, funny in places but mostly just a fascinating study. Gradually, it got a bit too gory and lost its edge a little, and by the end I was glad it was over before anything else could happen. But it was an experience, and I very much enjoyed Rebel Wilson – haven’t seen her in a bad role yet!

Rating: 3/5

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