Watch Pain and Gain
- 2 hr 9 min
Pain and Gain is a 2013 American comedy-crime film directed by Michael Bay and based on a true story. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie as three bodybuilders who get involved in a kidnapping and extortion scheme that goes horribly wrong. The film opens with Wahlberg's character, Daniel Lugo, a fitness trainer at a Miami gym, feeling dissatisfied with his life. He believes that he deserves more than what he has and begins to hatch a plan to kidnap a wealthy client, Victor Kershaw, played by Tony Shalhoub. Along with his fellow bodybuilders Adrian Doorbal (Mackie) and Paul Doyle (Johnson), Lugo sets in motion an elaborate scheme to abduct and extort money from Kershaw. After successfully kidnapping Kershaw, the trio begins to fall apart as they struggle to keep their plan under control. They soon find themselves in a twisted game of cat-and-mouse with both Kershaw and the law enforcement officers who are investigating the kidnapping. As the stakes get higher and the situation becomes more deadly, the three bodybuilders must face the consequences of their actions. While Pain and Gain is billed as a comedy-crime film, it is much darker than one would expect from a Michael Bay movie. The film explores themes of greed, obsession, and morality, and the consequences of taking shortcuts to achieve success. The main characters are all selfish, narcissistic, and morally bankrupt, which makes it difficult for the audience to connect with them on any level. Instead, they remain caricatures of ridiculous stereotypes, which is unfortunate, given how talented these actors can be in other roles. One of the standout performances of the film comes from Dwayne Johnson, who plays a muscled-up ex-convict who has found religion. He manages to bring a level of nuance to his character that makes him intriguing to watch. However, the other characters in the film are so one-dimensional that one cannot help but feel more invested in Kershaw's plight. At its heart, Pain and Gain is a cautionary tale about the dangers of chasing the American Dream. The film is set in Miami during the 1990s, a time when the city was in the midst of a cultural and economic shift. This backdrop adds an interesting layer to the story, as the characters are all trying to get a piece of what they see as a new, more prosperous Miami. Overall, Pain and Gain is a decent movie that is worth watching if you enjoy dark comedy and crime stories. It has an impressive cast, a solid script, and memorable scenes, although some portions are predictable at times. The movie delivers, but may not be for everyone, particularly those looking for a straight-up action movie.