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Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain
  • 2013
  • US
  • 130 min
  • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie
  • UK release: 30 August 2013

Daniel (Wahlberg) is a bodybuilding coach who enlists fellow musclemen Paul (Johnson) and Adrian (Mackie) in a kidnapping scheme that goes very, very wrong. Despite good work from Wahlberg and Johnson and a creditable attempt by Bay to make something less bloated than usual, the director's weaknesses for over-length and excruciating comedy eventually make for more pain than gain.

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Pain & Gain

14 Aug 20133 stars

Michael Bay's action-comedy is compelling for long stretches, but ends up being exhausting

Love him or hate him, and he’s the bête noir of most serious film-lovers, there’s no denying on the evidence of his Transformers and Bad Boys franchises that Michael Bay can pull together a huge-scale production, and bring a certain style to it.

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