Reality TV is popular because it can’t be predicted, except, perhaps, by the writers. Films based on real people in unreal situations always have that “can you believe this is happening” feeling. Some seem to laugh right along with you at the idiocy of the characters.
“Pain and Gain” is one of those films that makes fun of itself by just letting the action flow as it did originally. The sheer bravado and confidence of these muscleheads is funny and sad at the same time. Mark Wahlberg plays Daniel Lugo, a bodybuilder who’s no stranger to steroids. He has enough vision to realize he wants to improve his life, but he’s not smart enough to see the error in his ways. For instance, he says he knows all about kidnapping people because he’s seen a lot of movies. However, most movies about kidnapping are about unsuccessful kidnappings-not successful endeavors.
When you put Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson (of pro wrestling fame) and Ed Harris together, you know the testosterone is gonna fly. The only question is how far and what direction.
Michael Bay, of Transformer fame, directs this fun romp that’s equal parts hard-core action and skin flick. The ladies in the crowd will love the bare chested men in the gym. The guys will love the babes in their bikinis on the beach. Whether you’re on the beach or at the club, you can’t lose. Hardbodies abound.
The real-life Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal didn’t fare very well. Their quest for wealth ended with the pair of them locked up on Florida’s death row. It turns out that their attempt at kidnapping didn’t go as well as they expected.
Whether you’re a gym rat, a beach bunny or a film buff, you’d do yourself a favor by picking up a pair of tickets to the New York City movie premiere and after-party. You’ll get the first glimpse of the film while the stars are watching it. Afterwards, it’s time to celebrate the film’s completion and party hearty. “Pain and Gain” will be released on April 26, but for almost three weeks, you’ll be among a handful of people who have already seen it.