Pain & Gain: Pump It Up

by Ethan Alter April 26, 2013 8:00 am
<i>Pain & Gain</i>: Pump It Up

As improbable as it might sound, Pain & Gain is Michael Bay's attempt a Coen Brothers picture -- his Fargo or Burn After Reading if you will. Like both of those films (which rank amongst my own personal favorite Coen-made movies), Pain & Gain is a dark comedy about a group of very dumb, very greedy, very selfish and all-around not very nice people who apply their distinct lack of smarts and skills to crime and wind up failing spectacularly. But where the Coens were only kidding about Fargo being based on a true story, Pain & Gain's claims to legitimacy aren't manufactured. The crime dramatized here really did go down in Miami in the mid-'90s and while details have almost certainly been altered to fit Bay's glossy, hedonistic vision, Pain & Gain is, funnily enough, probably more historically accurate than the director's recreation of Pearl Harbor.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

by Ethan Alter August 27, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In the great Gatsby war, Leo Dio easily beats out Robert Redford.

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