When word came out that Michael Bay was moving away from the huge spectacle films for a bit to tackle something different everyone became a bit intrigued. The news of the cast coming together got everyone excited, but it was the trailer that sucked everyone in. Pain and Gain looked to be something original which is rare these days and Bay’s return to form delivering everything fans had hoped for. Now Paramount is delivering an all-new Blu-ray Collector’s Edition sporting all-new special features.
Pain and Gain followed three bodybuilders looking for the American dream. When they set out to extort a man for his wealth things go horribly wrong in every way possible leading to a story that has to be seen to believe. A lot of times when you watch a movie based on a true story it is often unbelievable and makes you wonder what is real and what isn’t. Here there are aspects that are so out of left field and ridiculous that there is no way it was real, but it in fact is. Even director Michael Bay takes time at a later point in the film to remind the viewer that yep this is still a true story. These guys did some crazy things that you have to witness to believe. The cast is awesome with all of them having great chemistry together. When Wahlberg is on he is great and here is all in. He was born to play this character and plays it up perfectly. Anthony Mackie also plays up his character great and is given some pretty funny and memorable moments. The rest of the cast do a great job as well, but once again it is Dwayne Johnson who stills the show. He is playing out of character on a lot of levels having to deliver so many different personas as the film goes on that he is able to showcase a side of his acting that shows why he is as successful as he is. Some of the best moments of the film involve Johnson and is sure to be performance you won’t soon forget. The film harkens back to the look and feel of Bay’s Bad Boys films and uses some vintage style that we haven’t seen from him in some time. There are even some moments where Bay seems to mock his own style with the slow motion shots, but still using them effectively.
This film really delivers on every level way more than it probably should. Everyone involved seemed to really be having a blast and it helped to step this movie up. There first half introducing all the characters may drag a bit for some, but really helped to bring it full circle to understand where these guys came from. There is a lot of complaints of glorifying these guys, but when you see the film it seems to be showing not only how insanely ridiculous and heinous their crimes were but also how stupid they were. Whether you’re a Bay fan or not, this is one true story that has to be seen and entertains on pretty much every level.
This special edition not only features this great film, but also sports numerous special features including numerous featurettes including Still A True Story: Ripped From The Headlines, Back to Basics: Michael Bay’s Vision, American Dreamer: Daniel Lugo, Passion Player: Paul Doyle, Dirty Work: Adrian Doorbal, Victimless Crime: Victor Kershaw, Diamonds in the Rough: Locations, The Real Deal: Law Enforcement. These features take you even further into the ridiculous truth of this story and will sure to be one fans will be eager to check out.
Grab your protein shake and get ready to pump some iron and kidnap a tycoon when Pain & Gain: Special Collector’s Edition hits Blu-ray on December 3rd.