It has become a tradition on Mother’s Day that I take my mom to the movies. She usually wants the “full movie experience” which includes popcorn, candy and soda. This year she decided on “Pain and Gain” as her movie of choice. I warned her that regardless of what she might have seen on the previews, this movie is based on a true story and probably not as funny as she might think it is to which she was alright with.
“Pain and Gain” transports you back to the 90’s where the movie actually starts at the end. We see Daniel Lugo doing sit-ups on the side of a building, encouraging himself. He hears police sirens and starts to freak out and run. He thinks he’s made a break when he is hit by a cop car and starts to tell the story from the beginning.
Lugo had been in trouble with the law before as a con man. He promised himself he would clean up and for the most part he did. He started working at a gym name Sun Gym. He started as a trainer at the gym and met quite few people like his friend Adrian Doorbal. Danny starts training a new member named Victor Kershaw and finds out he’s worth a lot of money and is a self made man. With the help of his friend Adrian and another trainer at the gym Paul Doyle, they decide to kidnap Victor and make him sign over all his money to them.
Like all kidnap and stealing movies, for the most part, nothing ever happens the way they planned. After their first heist, they decide to do another which really gets them in trouble. At the end of the movie, you do get to see the real mug shots of each person and what happened to them. You can’t say I ruined this for you because all you have to do is Google their names and find out all the information, think of it like “Titanic”, everyone knew the boat was going to sink.
Thanks to my friend Tim English, I was informed that the movie isn’t as funny as the previews make it out to be which you can read by clicking on here. Also, in typical Michael Bay fashion, something does blow up in the movie. After seeing this, I think he has more fun shooting R rated films than he does with PG or PG-13. His next big directing movie is the next Transformers movie that has been completely gutted and promises to be “better” with Wahlberg.
Speaking of Wahlberg and the rest of the cast of “Pain and Gain”, they did a great job. I’ve never pictured Dwayne Johnson as a coke head but he pulled it off pretty good. Good to see Mackie using this movie to get in shape for “Captain America: Winter Soldier” where he’ll play Sam Wilson aka The Falcon. I also forgot after seeing the preview of the movie that Ed Harris was in this. He usually plays a pretty good bad guy but in this he plays the retired detective that helps Victor Kershaw played by Tony Shalhoub, or as I remember him as Monk.
“Pain and Gain” moves quickly and shows you how not to steal and kidnap. There wasn’t really any stand out acting performances. Unlike some action movies, you do have to think a little bit in it, even though you know they will get caught in the end. Overall, the movie was good and I would recommend it if you are unable to get into “Iron Man 3” or “Star Trek Into Darkness” that is coming out this week.