Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pain & Gain

Movies never cease to surprise me.  Who would have guessed that a film about bodybuilders directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson would be one of the better films of the year?  And yet it is.

Based on an almost-too-hard-to-believe true story, this edge of your seat action crime film about an ambitious body builder who just wants the American Dream and is willing to do anything to get it keeps you engrossed from start to finish.  Both Wahlberg and Johnson have been turning in consistently good work lately ('Ted' and 'Broken City' from Wahlberg and 'Snitch' for Johnson), and they are helped by an all star supporting cast including Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, Anthony Mackie, and Ken Jeong.  And Mr. Big-Budget Action himself, director Michael Bay keeps it stylish, fast paced, and exciting throughout.  It's definitely the movie to see this weekend.

Grade: A- 

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