Movie Review: ‘Pain & Gain’ a Crude, Cruel and Crass True Crime Comedy [Video]

Michael Bay’s latest movie ‘Pain & Gain’ has already received mixed reviews of critics.

How far is too far when speaking of the criminal world, tortures and all-around scumbags? Michael Bay hits the gym with his latest macho actionpalooza “Pain & Gain,” and benches much more pain than gain, if critics’ reviews are true to live.

Thus, according to The Rotten Tomatoes site’s statistics, 47 percent of the viewers didn’t like the new Bay’s film which starres Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson pursueing the American dream.

Thus, Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir calls the movie “a thoroughly reprehensible and frequently hilarious satire that depicts American life as a circus of stupidity, artificiality, and self-regard.”

According to him, the movie director “sends a clear message to those of us who’ve been making fun of him: He’s been in on the joke the whole time.”

“The combination of the words ‘Michael Bay’ and ‘steroids’ should be enough to give any moviegoer pause,” writes of  ‘Pain & Gain” Liam Lacey in the Globe and Mail. The film “plays like Goodfellas as performed by the Three Stooges. As a genre-mashing exercise it’s almost interesting, but, really, why bother?”

“It’s official. Michael Bay, director of the Transformers clobberfests, knows how to make movies about humans, too. The problem is, he thinks humans are robots,” concludes Peter Rainer of Christian Science Monitor.

CNN‘s Tom Charity has probably the most prominent and, unfortunately for Michael Bay, negative review, saying: “The scenes of violence – played for gross-out black comedy – are especially toxic. This crude and ugly entertainment is as crass as everything this depressingly successful filmmaker has done.”

However, Cammila Collar of TV Guide’s Movie Guide seems to have an opposite opinion regarding the criminal comedy, as she writes: “It’s wild and engrossing and, it bears repeating, completely true. You can look up the entire, stranger-than-fiction news story that it’s so painstakingly based on in the Miami New Times – but do yourself a favor and see the movie first.”

Toledo Blade’s Kirk Baird also supports the movie, saying: “There’s undeniable humor in this comedy of errors of three bumbling criminals, and Wahlberg, Johnson, and Mackie strike the right tone in their performances.”

The same impression has Cinema Blend‘s Latey Rich: “In walking the impossible tightrope of violent satire, Bay succeeds by calling up one of cinema’s most powerful and least-understood languages: the relationship the audience has with the people onscreen before the film even begins.”

By the way, the movie hit the theatres a few days after reports emerged claiming that the performer of the main role, Dwayne Johnson, had undergone an emergency operation for three hernial tears he suffered during WrestleMania earlier this month.

The actor had to miss the premiere of Pain & Gain in Los Angeles on Monday, as a result of the surgery. He is now recovering at home.

Michael Bay apologized for the Rock’s absence on the red carpet Monday. “Dwayne’s hurt tonight,” Bay said “He was pushing it too hard. [He] needs to grow up and stop wrestling 300-pound men.”

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