Month: April 2013

Film Review: Pain and Gain

Pain & Gain is the surreal, hyperactive result of the director responsible for the imminent destruction of independent, low-budget cinema attempting to make a low-budget film. Michael Bay, whose trademarks include slow-motion action shots and slow motion up-skirt shots, was obviously feeling a bit bored in between “directing” (I use the word lightly) his third and fourth Transformers efforts, so gathered together Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris and Anthony Mackie to make a true-story action-comedy. The main problem with this film is that it’s actually very clever in parts. I despise Bay’s previous work with a passion, and very much expected and wanted to hate this film, but he sure made it difficult for me! Wahlberg and Johnson are masters of their craft, combining relentless charm and hilarity to create two brilliantly realised, and ridiculously stupid, characters. Johnson’s character’s religious beliefs result in many great scenes and jokes, and the former wrestler’s (who stars in no less than five films this half of the year) ability to mock hardcore Christianity is a pleasant surprise. Bay’s extremely …