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Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson). Their kidnapping and extortion scheme goes terribly wrong since they have muscles for brains and they're left to haphazardly try to hold onto the elusive American dream.Written by
Dwayne Johnson character was actually based on a combination of several different Sun Gym members. Each one had different levels of involvements during the 2 kidnappings. Ultimately the 15 year sentence Dwayne Johnson's character receives was based on real life Sun Gym member Jorge Delgado. Delgado was actually a business partner with Marc Schiller (in the movie named Victor Kershaw played by Tony Shalhoub) and was involved in a $14 million Medicare billing fraud scheme with him. Schiller/Kershaw then went on to cut Delgado out of some of that money. It was because Delgado was a cousin-in-law of Adrian Doorbal (played by Anthony Mackie) that Lugo (played by Mark Wahlberg) knew who he was. In real life Lugo had never worked with or met Schiller/Kershaw until he heard about him from Doorbal and began planning the kidnapping. See more »
The image shown when Adrian looks through the night vision goggles would not be visible. Without the protective cover on and the store illuminated, the night vision goggles would have too much light entering and would automatically shut off. See more »
It's nice to see Michael Bay take a little break from explosion-fueled action movies, and do a dark comedy based on events that took place during the fall of 1994 to summer of 1995, in Miami. In this film, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie play a trio of bodybuilders of a Miami fitness center, who kidnap a millionaire named Victor Kershaw, and extort him for money. Their plan is to take his money and his house, and then murder him. While their attempt to obtain his wealth succeeds, their plan of eliminating goes terribly wrong, and unleashes a turbulent chain of events.
I honestly enjoyed this movie, it was fun to watch at times. However, I can't say I enjoyed every single bit of it. Some parts, such as the kidnapping, were exciting to watch. Then there were other scenes that didn't quite make much sense. I sat through a few scenes where I thought "what's the point here?", then the movie would suddenly get exciting again. Aside from this, this movie is very quotable, and had some memorable lines by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. The two showed some good comedic chemistry in many scenes and it made the film more enjoyable.
Some people may be offended by this film because it's a comedy that takes horrific events that occurred in real life and turns them into comedic situations. However, I kinda like the idea of the film being a comedy. I think the director made this film a comedy because of the characters and their stupidity. Mark Wahlberg plays Daniel Lugo, the owner of the fitness center (Sun Gym) and the leader of the gang who does the kidnapping. Then, Dwayne Johnson, who plays Paul Doyle, a member of the gym, and Anthony Mackie, who plays Adrian Doorbal, a friend of Daniel Lugo. These characters were not very smart and their attempts on kidnapping, stealing, and murder often lead to unwanted results. The characters' stupidity is kinda what made the movie entertaining and somewhat funny.
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