2013 Movie Preview: Pain & Gain


Posted January 8, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: Pain & Gain

Release Date: April 26
Director: Michael Bay
Rating: Not Yet Rated

Based on a real life story, a trio of Miami weightlifters come up with a lame-brained scheme to kidnap and extort the misbegotten assets of a shady businessman. However, what started as a simple plan goes awry.

What We Know:

Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a down on his luck personal trainer whose obsession with pumping iron is only matched by his desire for avarice. He's sick of listening to the rantings of his wealthy criminal client, Viktor Kershaw (Tony Shaloub) and realizes that maybe bringing some brutal poetic justice to the fraudster might lead to a more jacked bank account for himself.

With the help of a hapless buddy, Adrian Doorbal (The Hurt Locker's Anthony Mackie, who will also play The Falcon in next year's Captain AmericaWinter Soldier,) and a newcomer to the gym named Paul Doyle (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson,) Daniel comes up with a non-violent plan to empty Kershaw's coffers. Unfortunately, the whole "non-violent" part falls by the wayside real quick.

The nouveau-riche knuckleheads, now known as The Sun Gym Gang, think they've killed Kershaw and left him for dead. Unfortunately, these clean-and-jerking juicers are in for the surprise of their lives when Kershaw not only turns up, but sicks a tenacious private detective on them named Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) who is going to make them feel a burn from something other than lactic acid.

What We Expect:

Loosely based (emphasis on "loosely") on incidents that took place in Miami back in 1995, Pain & Gain is certainly a departure from Michael Bay's fantastical work consisting of giant transforming robots exploding the world in an apocalyptic rage while hot chicks in cut-off shorts and wet t-shirts bend over Lamborghini's in slow motion. However, it's also a bit of a return to his earlier form with organic criminal drama that we saw from him in the first Bad Boys film.

This was actually a pet project for Bay and was essentially a $22 million "bone" tossed to the mogul director from the studio as part of the deal to get him on board for the yet-to-be-titled fourth Transformers film. As a result, you should not expect the conventional Michael Bay that we've come to know in the past decade or so.

It certainly seems to be a character-based film. Despite the grim nature of the real-life events of extortion, torture, and death depicted in the notable series of (rather lengthy) articles published 13 years ago in The Miami New Times, the film seems to lean more on the side of humor, laced with a tinge of social commentary. With a talented cast, this tale of buffed-up buffoonery might be worth checking out.

For more info on Pain & Gain, check out its official site.


Be sure to check out more of G4's 2013 movie previews throughout the month of January.

2013 Movie Preview: Pain & Gain


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