Rent Pain and Gain (2013)

2.9 of 5 from 247 ratings
2h 4min
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Synopsis:
When an ambitious group of personal trainers (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) decide to chase 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...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Michael Bay, Ian Bryce, Donald De Line
Writers:
Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Studio:
Paramount Home Entertainment
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/12/2013
Run Time:
124 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Still A True Story: Ripped From the Headlines
  • Back to Basics: Michael Bay's Vision
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/12/2013
Run Time:
130 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Still A True Story: Ripped From the Headlines
  • Back to Basics: Michael Bay's Vision
  • American Dreamer: Daniel Lugo
  • Passion Player: Paul Doyle
  • Dirty Work: Adrian Doorbal
  • Victimless Crime: Victor Kershaw
  • Diamonds in the Rough: Locations
  • The Real Deal: Law Enforcement

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Reviews (2) of Pain and Gain

Pain and Gain (2013) - Painful to watch, and little to gain from watching it - Pain and Gain review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
04/03/2014

I will keep it simple - after 50 minutes of this 124 minute movie, the stop button was pressed. Boring, boring, boring............

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Comedy of Horrors - Pain and Gain review by NC

Spoiler Alert
13/01/2018

Could have been funny....had Dwayne and Wahl..........could have been tough.......had Wahl and Dwayne...........but somewhere became an horrific comedy of errors.

Characters are not likeable. Content is not likeable. Goes from Hammer Horror film, skipping Silence of Lambs, to Apocolypto.

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Critic review

Pain and Gain review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

Pain & Gain is as much a film about self delusion as it is about self obsession as viewers are treated to two hour tale of disturbed individuals doing horrifying things for supposedly good and morale reasons. The only problem is people in the real world and not in a Michael Bay film know better.

The film follows Danny Lugo (Mark Wahlberg), a personal trailer who takes it upon himself to make up for all the wrong in the world, one rich man at a time as he enlists the help of Paul (Dwayne Johnson) and Noel (Anthony Mackie) in kidnapping a rich and powerful member of Danny’s gym so that they may torture him for all his money. However when things go sideways, the three get caught up in the money and excitement as things take a drastic turn.

While Pain & Gain is a strangely funny and off the wall thriller it is also a Michael Bay film, a film that uses the films true story (something Bay reminds audiences over and over again) and blows it way out of proportion. Characters behave irrationally for the sake of the story, there is little development to any of the films leads and the film has at least a few pointless action scenes to fill time.

That being said the film is a terrific comedy but it’s balance between comedy and drama is where the film falls down. Not only does the tale take an oddly dark turn in its final act but none of the films characters seem to have noticed. For example when Danny is picking pieces of brain out of the carpet next to a dead man, Bay and Wahlberg are looking for the next laugh as if Pain & Gain has been a black comedy this entire time and someone forgot to tell the people watching.

However the films overall message of self obsession and how self worth can often lead to lapses in judgement and bad decisions is a clever idea for a picture, it’s just a shame Michael Bay spotted it first

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