With a reported budget of just $26 million and not a robot in sight, Pain & Gain sees Michael Bay scale back.
In his eyes, at least. As steroid-pumped as its dumb-bell protagonists, this so-bizarre-it-had-to-be-true tale may not be the sort of blockbuster he’s used to making. But the brash Bay staples – soft rock, snarling muscle cars and hot bikini bods – are all very much present and correct.
Set in 1994, and based on a series of Miami New Times articles, it stars Mark Wahlberg as Danny Lugo, manager of the Miami Sun gym, who’s desperate to live the American dream.
With Lugo & Co as inept as the Fargo kidnappers, with the excessive ambitions of Al Pacino in Scarface, Pain & Gain is a vulgar mix of black comedy and ultra-violence.