Metal Arcade: Jason Bakker writes:
Pain & Gain is a stranger-than-fiction story of roided-out Miami bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) who kidnap, torture and extort their way into some serious cash in the mid-90s. It’s based on true events, following Wahlberg’s Danny Lugo and two accomplices as they attempt to seize hold of the American dream by any means necessary. Those means become increasingly insane as the tale unfolds, involving a coked-out, juiced up criminal who finds his faith, hilariously failed kidnappings and murder attempts, and a guy grilling human hands on a grill in broad daylight. This is an incredibly dark comedy, with a bit of an uneven tone but plenty of genuine laugh-out loud moments.