Cleverly built around true events. I enjoyed the entertaining storytelling, surprisingly solid performances, and most of all - the humour, which is rather cunning and deadpan style most of the time. I felt like towards the end there was a bit too much moralising - the guy our three "heroes" robbed wasn't much different - only less buffed up.
Muscles! Self-enlightenment! Muscles! Steroids! Muscles! Immigrant's dream! Muscles! Barbeque! Muscles! Christianity V.S. Judaism! Muscles! Silicone gel implants! Muscles! Racism towards black people! Muscles! Alchohol! Gunshots! Muscles! Muscles! Cocaine! Muscles! Vigirante! Muscles! Chainsaw! Muscles! Muscles! Muscles! MUSCLES! MUSCLES! MUSCLES! MUSCLES! THIS IS MICHAEL BAY'S MUSCLE MAGNUM OPUS! AMERICA FOR ME!
Michael Bay puede dirigir algo mucho mejor que películas de Transformers. Cargada de humor negro, entretenida, con una historia que tiene sus dosis de violencia, estupidez, y comedia al más puro estilo Tarantino, Pain & Gain funciona también como una parodia del mundo del fisicoculturismo. Mark Wahlberg, The Rock, y Anthony Mackie están simplemente estupendos.
Somewhere between 2.5/3 stars, which for a film by Michael Bay is surely tantamount to a glowing critical accolade. The film suffered from Bay's unrepentant ostentatious aesthetic, but I get the feeling the subject matter and story could not have been told any other way. I have to admit I did laugh/ enjoy several scenes more than I probably should have. ;-)