Becky and I went to see Pain & Gain yesterday with our friend Mark at the Alamo Theater at Aspen Grove in Littleton, CO. The MovieFone website at Pain & Gain describes the movie as follows…
“Michael Bay directs this ripped-from-the-headlines tale of a group of bodybuilding criminals in a Paramount Pictures production starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, and Rob Corddry co-star…”
The Review: Before I review the movie, let me review this new movie theater Alamo at the Aspen Grove mall. We wouldn’t recommend going here, unless you want to feel like you’re in grade school with a Hall Monitor watching your every move. I understand that there are security concerns today with the Aurora shooting, so theaters have tightened security.
However, when you’re paying top dollar to see a first run movie, you’re spending another $15 on popcorn and a soda at the theater, you don’t want to have someone come up to you during the movie and ask you to put the piece of Ghirardelli chocolate that you pulled out of your pocket away or they will have to remove you from the theater because they don’t allow outside food or drinks. My response is “Thanks, but no thanks.” That was our first and last visit to that theater.
Pain & Gain is a Michael Bay action film that’s based on a true story about some body builders who turned into criminals with a crazy scheme to steal money from some of the club’s clients. It’s very strange and a bit like Scarface or Reservoir Dogs in the violence department, which was a bit too much for all of us.
What makes this film absolutely unbelievable is that it’s based on a true story and sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. In this case, this is definitely true. It’s hard to believe how stupid, evil and self-centered these three thugs were and you have to believe that the steroids they took totally whacked with their minds to do such heinous crimes.
If you ever have watched CSI Miami, this movie could be an episode or several episodes with attempted murder, robbery, bank robbery, arson, murder, it’s just incredible that these guys functioned in society as long as they did. In fact, what really blew my mind was when the lead character went back to work after committing his crimes as though nothing had happened and how bold they were about their crimes.
Pain & Gain is completely insane. It’s a whacky and horrific story, that borders on being a horror movie with the characters being so maniacal and twisted where you really don’t know what they will do next, while justifying their crimes. The acting was good, the characters were over-the-top, but overall we couldn’t recommend it as a good movie because it’s just too weird and difficult to watch at times.
I liked it more than Becky and Mark and would probably say it’s on the border of Worth The Trip and being a Rental because it was fascinating from a psychological standpoint of watching people go nuts. Becky and Mark thought it was a rental though and I’m not sure if they liked it enough to give it a rental rating. I’m still going to go with rental though since it’s not that entertaining as much as disturbing.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
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