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Review: Pain & Gain

Pain-and-Gain-PosterIt’s a moderately funny, largely deplorable narrative with entirely unlikable leads, but thanks to “Pain & Gain’s” true roots, it gets away with it.

Danny Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) loves his job as a personal trainer and is practically singlehandedly responsible for turning Sun Gym into one of the hottest spots in town. Trouble is, the job still doesn’t pay well enough and Danny is desperate to start living the good life. In an effort to make the big bucks quick and easy, Danny recruits his co-worker, Adrian (Anthony Mackie), and an ex-con, Paul (Dwayne Johnson), to help him kidnap his über wealthy client, Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), and torture him into signing over all this finances.

Had “Pain & Gain” not stemmed from true source material, we’d be left with an absolutely outrageous film driven by wholly detestable protagonists and nothing more. However, not only does the true story come with intrinsic intrigue, but then Michael Bay takes it two very effective steps further to ensure you never forget it. At the onset we’re informed, “Unfortunately, this is a true story,” and then, when the absurdity of the scenario hits a peek, he reminds you, “This is still a true story,” forbidding you from writing off all the abysmal behavior and enticing you to actually appreciate it.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Youre-NextWith the summer movie season just about a month away, we’ve got some big trailers dropping and, no, I don’t mean Pain & Gain big.

The Best Stuff

1. You’re NextYou’re Next wins big by going the traditional slasher/home-invasion route while also subverting expectations to the max — and the film’s brand new trailer wins big by exploiting just that. Courtesy of an impeccable beat and those unforgettable animal masks, this promo pulls you in by putting an intriguingly fresh spin on a scenario we can’t get enough of. Even better, it leaves much to be discovered in the full feature. Trust us, we’ve seen it.

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