This tale stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Anthony Mackie all bodybuilders hoping for a better life. While the real life events are a bit more dramatic and intense, the picture focuses on the action-buddy formula, with a touch of comedy. Wahlberg portrays Daniel Lugo, a regular at the Sun Gym along with one of his best buddies Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie).
To join in on the hi-jinks
When the trio’s well though out plan, falters they find themselves being trailed by a private detective portrayed by Ed Harris which cues the car chases, explosions and sleuth of fist combats. Helming the picture is action aficionado
The picture presents the villains as heroes to some degree which in my opinion is difficult to grasp. Yes, they’re seeking out the American dream, but at the same time, this is a tale that is based on real life events where people were killed by these individuals. We tend to live in a culture where we praise the villain when we should be rooting against them.
Evil never prevails in the long run, but “Pain & Gain” presents a story where the audience is expected to root for these characters that are engaging in bad things. The characters are one note, but the events that take place are not dramatized like the real life events. It is hard not acknowledge the fact that such atrocities did take place and for “Pain & Gain” to not inform the viewers of those crimes is a shame.
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