Based on a true story about a group of steroid-abusing bodybuilders engage in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida.
To hear director Michael Bay tell it, his latest film, Pain & Gain, might as well be an indie arthouse movie.
After all, it only cost $25 million (lunch money for the man who unleashed the blockbusters Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys and Armageddon), has a minimum of explosions, is based on a real-life crime spree from the mid-’90s, has a sense of humor (intentional this time), and came this close to co-starring Albert Brooks.
Sundance, here he comes.
But at heart, it’s still a Michael Bay movie: loud as a Harley at midnight, empty as a dance club at noon, yet as beautiful to look at as a sunrise in Miami, where it’s set.
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