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Pain And Gain DVD Review

31 December 2013 3:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Michael Bay

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ken Jeong, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub

Running Time: 129 Mins

Certificate: 15

When the words ‘Michael Bay’ are uttered in any film related chat or debate, the mind typically associates the director with explosions, destruction and the demolition of very expensive cars. For those of you that don’t know, Michael Bay is the director of incredibly successful, popcorn entertainment films such as Armageddon and the Transformers trilogy. These films are known for their numerous forms of eye candy seen in the shape of scantly-clad women and worldwide devastation, rather than their narrative or intellectual subtext.

Pain And Gain however, offers something a little bit different from what audiences have come to expect from Bay in the form of a serious drama based on true events. The film revolves around a man named Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) who is obsessed by »

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Michael Bay Interview & Win Pain & Gain Blu-ray

17 December 2013 7:51 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Director Michael Bay’s hilarious dark comedy Pain & Gain gets pumped on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand this December from Paramount Home Media Distribution. We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.

And only for the real Doers, the film will be available on Digital a week early on 17th December. Based on an unbelievable true story, Pain & Gain stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie as a group of personal trailers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.

Adapted for the screen by writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely from articles written by journalist Pete Collins, Pain & Gain also stars Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), Ed Harris (A History of Violence), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Bar Paly (The Ruins).

Miami. Muscles. Money. »

- Matt Holmes

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Exclusive: Pain & Gain: Special Collector's Edition Blu-ray Featurette 'Real Cops'

27 November 2013 3:18 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, Paramount Home Media Distribution is releasing the Pain & Gain: Special Collector's Edition on Blu-ray December 3. We're pleased to debut an exclusive featurette from this new set packed with special features, which takes us behind-the-scenes with police technical advisers Roy Rutland and Bill Erfurth, who helped bring authenticity to the several scenes involving law enforcement. We also hear from director Michael Bay and star Dwayne Johnson as they reveal their experiences with real life Miami police officers on the set. Take a look at this video you can't see anywhere else, then check out the special features details below.

Hailed as "Goodfellas on steroids" (Kyle Smith, New York Post), director Michael Bay's "hilarious, smart, clever and fresh" (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) dark comedy Pain & Gain arrives December 3, 2013 in a Special Collector's Edition Blu-ray bulked up with brand new bonus material from Paramount Home Media Distribution. »

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‘Pain & Gain’ Muscles Its Way To Home Entertainment Platforms

18 November 2013 10:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Michael Bay’s break between Transformers movies proved to be a surprise success both critically and financially. Pain & Gain, starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, followed a trio of hapless workout fanatics who become involved in a kidnapping. The film made great use of its star power and also has the balls to contain a bunch of reprehensible characters. Some great performances and a wonderful visual style from Bay made this a film to remember among all the big budget blockbusters this year, and you can own it on Digital Download from 17th December or on DVD and Blu-ray from 23rd December. Check out the press release below:

Paramount Pictures Home Media Distribution Presents


Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson & Anthony MacKie

In The Action-packed Comedy From Michael Bay

Pain & Gain

Wickedly Funny Film Muscles its Way on to Digital on 17th December and on to

Blu-ray and DVD on 23rd December »

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Exclusive Clip From the Pain & Gain Special Collector's Edition Blu-ray

11 November 2013 | | See recent news »

Michael Bay's action-packed dark comedy Pain & Gain arrives on a Special Collector's Edition Blu-ray December 3 and we've got your exclusive first look at a clip from the bonus features! Based on an unbelievable true story, Pain & Gain stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie as a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. The Pain & Gain Special Collector.s Edition Blu-ray includes nearly an hour of in-depth and exciting bonus footage that takes viewers inside the surreal true story and its intriguing cast of characters. Discover Michael Bay's vision for this character-driven story and explore the histories of Daniel Lugo, Paul Doyle, Adrian Doorbal »

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4 Formula One abhorring reasons to still see Rush

13 September 2013 12:15 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The roar of a V8, 750 brake horsepower engine.

The high-risk, crowd-pleasing 90 mph overtake.

The rush of a 1.6 second 0-60.

All staples of the Formula One diet, and all things I could care little to even less about...

For many, the full-throttle exhilaration of Formula One is escapism at its finest. While another cold brewski slithers down our necks, accompanied  closely by its cardiac-arrest-inducing brother the cheese nacho,  22 primed and super-human men do battle at speeds of upto 220 mph (miles per hour) for our enjoyment, with hundreds of cameras following their every move.

However, such is my depravity that, without a crash to witness or an airborne F1 monster to gawp at, I have no interest. The thought of watching a group of men racing around a track over...and over...and over...again, is just to bromidic to comprehend. Of course, that's not to say that I don't respect the »

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Pain & Gain – review

30 August 2013 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mark Wahlberg shines in a crazy crime caper about bumbling bodybuilders hellbent on kidnap and personal growth

There's something inspired about putting Michael Bay in charge of a brazen action-comedy about gym-pumped knuckleheads who screw up their own criminal masterplan most royally. Bay is Hollywood's biggest alpha-bull; this time he gallops through the china shop to entertaining effect. Pain & Gain is too long, and sometimes behaves as if it doesn't get the point of its own comedy, but there's plenty of zing. The story itself reads like something Florida thriller-writer Carl Hiaasen might have dreamed up; actually this is a true-crime case, based on an article by Miami New Times journalist Pete Collins. It's a tale from the roaring 1990s, and shot in an archly 90s pulp-fiction style. Mark Wahlberg is Daniel Lugo, a preening Florida bodybuilder, personal trainer and former conman obsessed with motivational fitness and realising the American dream by getting rich quick. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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The James Clayton Column: Anthony Mackie, hero of smaller parts

29 August 2013 1:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature James Clayton 30 Aug 2013 - 06:06

To coincide with the release of Pain & Gain, James salutes the work of actor Anthony Mackie, and explains why he deserves bigger roles...

In Michael Bay's Pain & Gain, Anthony Mackie plays a man named Adrian "Noel" Doorbal. That's a bit of a silly name, but it's not so bad considering that the film also features characters called Pastor Randy and Robin Peck.

Still, Mackie (or Doorbal) has reason to be aggrieved and feel like he's the guy getting the biggest bites of shame sandwich. Why? Because Adrian is defined by his nads and, unlike co-star Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights, his nads are not something you'd want to defined by.

The character is compelled to go to a sexual health clinic and tearfully admit his secret shame. Viewers can't help but sympathise with the poor forlorn guy as he sits in front of »

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Pain & Gain, murky morals and the American Dream

29 August 2013 1:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Matt Edwards 30 Aug 2013 - 06:50

Is Michael Bay's black crime comedy a comment on the American Dream? Matt takes a detailed look at a morally murky film...

Note: this article contains Pain & Gain spoilers. 

"This is the American Dream," whispers a voice in the song playing over the end credits, as neon text informs us that this is "A Film by Michael Bay". 

It’s not unreasonable, I don’t think, to take this as a less than subtle prompt as to the theme of Pain & Gain. It would hardly be appropriate for the theme to be subtle, though. We’re talking about a film that tells the true story of chemically imbalanced, murderous body builders and their warped, modern and ultra-violent take on the American Dream. 

The American Dream is the ideal that everyone in the USA is created equal, and that if they work hard they will achieve upward mobility. »

- ryanlambie

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Giveaway: Win A Signed Copy Of Pain & Gain And More

23 August 2013 12:09 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Michael Bay.s directorial foray away from big explosions and back into R-rated comedy-action films, Pain & Gain, features three dumb as a rock protagonists and a lot of wacky hijinks, resulting in an entertaining 129 minutes of film. Paramount Home Media Distribution is bringing the movie on to Blu-ray and DVD on August 27, and to celebrate the release, we are giving away one awesome grand prize related to the film that includes a Blu-ray copy of Pain & Gain signed by Mark Wahlberg and a few other goodies. Fitness is at the heart of the movie, which stars Wahlberg as Daniel Lugo, an enterprising young convict who believes in bodybuilding perfection, as well as getting what he wants, even if it means committing crimes. He teams up with Adrian Doorbal and Paul Doyle (Anthony Mackie and Dwayne Johnson) to extort money from a wealthy Miami citizen, but committing the perfect crime takes »

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Movie Review - Pain & Gain (2013)

22 August 2013 11:23 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pain & Gain, 2013.

Directed by Michael Bay

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Rebel Wilson and Anthony Mackie.


Three body-builders take a rich client for all he's worth, and then live the high life until the cash runs out.

Perhaps the best screenshot of anything, ever.

Pain & Gain is a film about idiots, played straight. And that's it's genius. Every dumbass line, every ridiculous course of action, every severed toe, is played with complete and utter conviction from the leading trio. It helps that two of those are Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, arguably two of the finest deadpan-idiot actors working today.

The film is a basic crime caper, though Michael Bay often treats it at seriously as a drama. Three body builders, Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg), Paul Doyle (Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie), decide to treat the American Dream in the same way they train at the gym. »

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10 manly reasons to see Pain & Gain

22 August 2013 2:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Top 10 Matt Edwards 23 Aug 2013 - 07:06

Bodybuilders try to pull off the perfect crime in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. Matt provides 10 manly reasons why you should see it...

“What a bunch of beefcakes!”

It’s rare that you’ll hear 80 men in a cinema exclaim this at the exact same time.  But then, Pain & Gain, the new film from action director Michael Bay, is a rare movie. It’s around 130 minutes of testosterone-flooded mania.  You could axe fight a lumberjack over an uncooked steak and it still wouldn’t be as manly as Pain & Gain. You could arm wrestle Chuck Norris while farting and it wouldn’t come close to being as tough as Pain & Gain. You could beat Wolf on every stage of Gladiators while clad entirely in lycra and you’d still be a distance off of the masculinity of Pain & Gain.

We won’t know for »

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Review: Pain & Gain

14 August 2013 6:50 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

It’s an unsettling, almost shameful thing to admit, but Michael Bay has made a good film. It’s a film that, of course, features explosions, scantily clad women and spinning cameras. He’s not become an entirely different person after all. But in Pain & Gain, the true story of a mid-90s plot by Miami bodybuilders to kidnap and extort their way to the top, Bay has made an action-comedy that’s exciting, hilarious and, crucially, self-aware.

That this film has it tongue lodged firmly within its cheek becomes clear in the opening five minutes. We see Mark Wahlberg’s fitness trainer Danny Lugo attempt to outrun a Swat team in the most lethargic slow motion ever before a ‘Six months earlier’ preamble tosses us into a sun-drenched world of muscles and bikinis, where you needn’t have a personality when you can spout self-improvement mantras; and where value »

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Win a the Ultimate Gym Package with Pain and Gain Fitness Merchandise

12 August 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Win yourself the ultimate gym package with Pain and Gain merchandise to mark the release on 30th August. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in a movie like you’ve never seen then before!

Michael Bay directs this ripped-from-the-headlines tale of a group of bodybuilding criminals. Based on a true story, Pain & Gain follows Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) and Paul Doyle (Johnson), a pair of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.  Ed Harris stars as Private Detective Ed Du Bois who cracks the case after the Miami Pd fail to do so.

For more on the film visit: Pain and Gain is rated 15

For your chance to win one of five bundles of Pain and Gain gym goodies, from a fitness kit, towel and water bottle to a heart rate monitor and stop watch, »

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Pain & Gain review

28 April 2013 10:48 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Ron Hogan 29 Apr 2013 - 06:44

Michael Bay goes back to smaller movies with Pain & Gain, starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Review here...

Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a guy with simple dreams. One of these dreams is to maximise his body's potential via weightlifting and training. The other is to be filthy, stinking rich. To that end, after spending time in prison after running an investment scam, Lugo's first legitimate post-prison job is at Sun Gym, where he turns the struggling gym of John Mese (Rob Corddry) into a weightlifting mecca with free body waxing and free memberships for strippers.

Turning a gym around is all well and good, but that's not enough for Lugo and his friend Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie), a fellow bodybuilder who is feeling the repercussions of years of steroid abuse. To treat his erectile dysfunction, he needs money. Lugo needs money, too. Fortunately, »

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Pain & Gain Primer: 5 Things to Know About the Pumped-Up True-Crime Tale

27 April 2013 12:35 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Director Michael Bay turns from transforming robots to bodybuilding criminals for his latest exercise in testosterone-fueled excess. Based on the bizarre-but-true story, P&G stars Mark Wahlberg as Miami Beach personal trainer Daniel Lugo, who's determined to live out the American Dream ("We're doers, doers do!"). Lugo teams with gym rat Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-con Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) to kidnap and extort money from a deli franchise magnate. Of course, their cockamamie scheme goes absurdly awry—think Fargo on steroids and coke. Want to really beef up your P&G Iq? Don't be a wimp! Start juicing with these five factoids: 1. Stranger Than Fiction: The script is based on a »

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Pain and Gain Review: Crime That Pumps You Up

27 April 2013 12:31 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Michael Bay is one of those directors that you either love or hate. His manic style of filmmaking, shaky camera work, frenetic pacing, choice of flash over substance, and inability to set up a shot always tends to hurt the narrative of his movies. His ineptitude has led to three terribly constructed Transformers films, as well as a botched historical epic (Pearl Harbor) and bad science fiction (The Island). In fact, some argue that he hasn't made a good film since Bad Boys II, and I would take that argument further and say that he hasn't made a great film since his debut effort Bad Boys.

Bay's latest film, Pain & Gain, is a departure from the usual bombastic, over the top Sci-Fi tinged stories that have made up his resume in recent years. In getting back to the style of films that made him who he is (the aforementioned Bad Boys »

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'Pain & Gain' (2013) Movie Review

26 April 2013 8:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Full disclosure, I thought Pain & Gain was going to be a comedy or, at the very least, peppered with humor more often than not. It isn't. It's a tragedy. The focus is on dumb people doing dumb things and it's largely impossible to enjoy because it's based on a true story of people who kidnapped, tortured, robbed and murdered people told through the glossy, oversaturated lens of Michael Bay. While I've never been one to participate in "Bay bashing", if there was ever an example of the man not understanding drama this is it. Loaded with all the faux machismo, homophobia, misogyny, racism and flag-waving we've come to expect from Bay, Pain & Gain is presented in his traditional slick and glossy fashion, which would seem to suggest we're in for a rip-roaring good time with a trio of bonehead body builders looking for a quick buck. And, at the very least, »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Pain & Gain’ Review

26 April 2013 5:45 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain tells the true-life story of personal trainer-turned-criminal Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) who decides to procure his dream life – through an over-the-top extortion scheme. Instead of hard work and savvy business maneuvering, Lugo concludes that his best chance at the high life – fast cars, hot women, and million dollar homes – is to steal from an especially wealthy, albeit smarmy, gym client named Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub). To get the job done, Lugo enlists the aid of body-building friend Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-con Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), who help kidnap and torture Kershaw - until the Miami business tycoon agrees to sign over his riches.

When the police turn a blind eye to Kershaw’s misfortune, the ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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‘Pain & Gain’ a first for director Michael Bay: mostly gain, little pain

25 April 2013 9:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Pain & Gain

Directed by Michael Bay

Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

USA, 2013

If cinema has anything to say about it, the modern American dream is best typified by a grandiose level of entitlement in those who covet it most of all. Just a month ago, we saw Spring Breakers, a nightmarish, neon piece of grotesquerie, compelling experimental art about nubile young women trying to attain their hedonistic Western utopia by stealing from and killing people who dared get in their way, consequences be damned. And now, we have Michael Bay’s loopy, adrenaline-laced echo of the same concept, Pain & Gain; this time, it’s not a quartet of college students, but a trio of bodybuilders, who use force to achieve their dream and never think beyond themselves.

Based on a true story so jaw-dropping that, as one character tries to remove a person’s fingertips in a charbroiled fashion, »

- Josh Spiegel

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