Pain and Gain – Gangsta’s paradise

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I liked Pain and Gain. This is the typical action movie I like: something set in a shiny place, scammers, some humor, something fresh. It was like an amateur version of the Ocean’s saga.

Based on a true story, the movie, set in 1995, recalls the life of three bodybuilders who wanted to become even more muscular, than they already are, and RICH. Danny Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) the head of the group, is full of ambition, a “doer” as he likes to call himself, and is a manipulative professional who will give his buddies 3 years of luxurious life.

Dwayne Johnson, performing Paul Doyle, is showed as a big dull tattooed teddybear, who adores Jesus and wants to do good but as far as he’s a cocaine addict and extremely naive, as if he was a kid, he found himself influenced by Lugo and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and he entered their crime-plan.

Doorbal, is this black guy, with some temper but who wouldn’t kill a fly, whereas in the real life, he was the most violent of all three (and not black).

Finally Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), is the unpleasant rich jewish, who started from nothing and build his career step by step.

Every characters is really stereotypical and maybe a little bit caricatured, it had to, so a little bit of humor would went out of it.

Now, the whole controversy of the movie, and Michael Bay, obviously didn’t think about it, is that, we empathize and sympathize with the three bad guys, and despise the victims. This is wrong, because people have been tortured and killed, we should be outraged, however we are not, and our moral is shaken.

Everything is reduced to a futile comedy, so nothing is taken seriously, but if we put ourselves into the victims’ families’ shoes, we might get upset and angry.

Now, Pain and Gain, is a great film to watch when you feel the need to be entertained and not fall into something too serious and psychological.

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2 thoughts on “Pain and Gain – Gangsta’s paradise

  1. Is Pain & Gain as painful to watch as the critics will have you believe? | Off the record, on the QT and very Hush-Hush

  2. Nice review. Granted, there are jokes involving penises that fall flat because they have Bay written all over them, but the movie made me laugh more than I expected.

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