Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Pain & Gain Review - 3 Stars
Mark Wahlberg stars as a body builder who takes his fitness regime a little too literally. Longing to live as a “doer” he hatches a scheme to kidnap disgusting businessman and gym client Tony Shaloub and make him sign over his millions. Wahlberg enlists Anthony Mackie and Dwayne “the rock” Johnston to help. The trio make a mess of things and in the process earn some hearty but dark laughs. Please note the r rating and the violence it represents. “Pain and Gain” whips up a nice surprise courtesy of action director Michael Bay. Call me twisted, but I liked this one. Does it deliver what it promises? Black comedy about hapless would be criminals. Is it entertaining? Very funny and told well. Is it worth the price of admission? For fun.