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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Movie Review: Pain and Gain

Is it a crime to reach for the American dream? In April 2013, the answer is yes, if you reach for it this way.

Directing this 129 minute comedy/crime/drama/thriller is Michael Bay.

The pumped up cast is: Mark Walhberg as Daniel Lugo, Anthony Mackie as Adrian Doorbal, Dwayne Johnson as Paul Doyle, Tony Shalhoub as Victor Kershaw, Ed Harris as Ed DuBois and Rob Corddry as John Mese.

Daniel wanted the American dream, and then figured out a way to get it. Getting a couple friends, Adrian and Paul, who wanted the same, the trio put a plan into action to claim their piece of the pie. Even though
technically extortion means it's someone else's pie, it apparently still tastes as sweet. Three body builders from Miami may not have had the smartest of plans but sometimes that drive of riches will push you to do the dumbest of things. Or in this case the most illegal.

Ok, so I didn't know this was based on a true story... wow. And now on with the review. This was a disturbing story but the playthrough was really good. The comedy, oddly enough, kept the overall feel light and enjoyable. The cast did great, Dwayne and Shalhoub especially did killer on their roles. Truthfully Michael Bay gets on my nerves with what he calls directing; then he goes and does something really good like Armageddon, and now this one.

It's rated R for violence, language, nudity and drug use.

I'll pump this rating up to 4 stars, (this hurts a little) good job Bay.

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