Pain & Gain: Special Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)
26 November 2013
Conclusion: I will shut up now and say that Pain & Gain was a good time considering the extremely grim details of the case it is based on. Pain & Gain can be considered Domino’s long lost cousin in that they both share certain similarities in that the most outrageous of depictions actually happened.
Excerpt: If you�ve seen the trailer, I can confirm the characters in Pain & Gain are as stupid as they look. The film itself is surprisingly astute, albeit condescending in its approach. The main sell: it�s based on a true story, but could easily be from a zany �90s Coen brothers script.
Conclusion: It's refreshing and encouraging to see Michael Bay trying something different in Pain & Gain . This dark crime comedy is far more interesting than his most recent directing efforts, the Transformers movies.
Excerpt: After more than half a decade of making movies in which robots chaotically fight other robots, director Michael Bay has completely changed gears for his latest film, and while the dark crime comedy Pain & Gain is definitely a step in a new direction for the filmmaker, it is still clearly a Michael...
Summary: It's telling that Michael Bay's notion of a scaled-down, pared-back movie experience is a dark, violent comedy bulging at the seams with testosterone. All of Bay's films exist in a glistening wonderland of toned bods and over-the-top action, and Pain & Gain has plenty of the former but little of the...