He’s completely crazy and funny

Michael Bay is best known for massive action-blockbusters à la Transformers. One of his best, though, is a whole size smaller. We’m talking specifically about Pain & Gain, which is on TV tonight 22:35 on cable one. The repetition follows at night from Wednesday to Thursday at 03.10.

In the action comedy, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie meet a Dwayne Johnson who is not just tensing muscles. In Pain & Gain, Johnson delivers his best performance ever Have. It’s an extremely entertaining, but also an evil and abysmal ride through the streets of Miami.

What you need to know about Pain & Gain

  • The muscles: Pain & Gain is full of testosterone.
  • The special: The perfect bodies are exposed to their lies.
  • The true story: Yes, it really happened.

Pain & Gain in a Nutshell: It’s the plot

The story centers on three bodybuilders, Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg), Paul Doyle (Johnson) and Adrian Doorbal (Mackie), who dream of a life of luxury. To make her dream come true they kidnap a wealthy man from the gym. Your big master plan turns out to be a failure.

You can watch the trailer for Pain & Gain here:

Pain & Gain – Trailer (German) HD


Pain & Gain is a movie that at first glance is just muscle. Michael Bay’s camera, which never gets embarrassed, looks at itself to update exhibited show values, examines every inch of Wahlberg, Johnson and Mackie’s upper arms. The hardened body is the first step in realizing the American dream.

However, the footage soon reveals a repulsive world full of abysses: behind the perfect bodybuilder facade in the sunny holiday paradise Florida hides a crisp America, which Michael Bay banishes onto the screen in all its abnormality and with conscious awareness exposed exaggerated images.

Pain & Gain starring Dwayne Johnson is hilarious and depraved

It’s funny, but at times also scary: Pain & Gain unfolds as a fascinating muscle epic that pulls us to the side of the criminals. Then you follow Hit the cave in the stomach and the laughter gets stuck in your throat. Everything that is built up in Pain & Gain collapses later in the film.

Pain & Gain

This is especially true for (symbolic) muscle mass. Lugo, Doyle and Doorbal can lift as many weights as they want: nothing gives Bay more joy than them powerlessness in their bodies – and sometimes also their decay – to be observed. Pain & Gain has a very black humor and never misses a chance to provoke.

The real story behind Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain reminds us several times that this is all about a true story actions. As crazy as the plot sounds, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely did not invent it all. A series of articles by Pete Collins that appeared in the Miami New Times in 1999 served as the basis.

The characters Wahlberg, Johnson and Mackie are based on the so-called Sun Gym gear, who killed two men and blackmailed and kidnapped another in the 1990s. The film obviously takes some creative liberties with the details. In general, however, Michael Bay sums up the madness of the story very aptly.

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