Excerpt: …only sustains itself long enough for the lads to accomplish the first step of their plot before devolving into a morass of overload, dry stretches, Bay’s predilection for cheap titillation and behavior too ugly for fun.
Excerpt: Pain & Gain is crass, aesthetically, morally and comedically bankrupt. It’s a torrid, unpleasant journey through the life of three morons who tried to get rich through acts of cold-blooded murder, re-imagined as a knockabout romp full of toilet humour, upskirt shots and incessant slow-motion. In short, it’s the best film that Michael Bay has made in the last ten years, and easily one of the worst you are likely to see this year.
Excerpt: Bay ha juntado un poco de los hermanos Coen (por ese guión tan demencial), un poco de Tarantino (por esas situaciones escabrosas tan divertidas y el tono que tiene) y un poco de Oliver Stone (por su estilo visual y su carga satírica), y ha dado en el blanco.
Excerpt: Bay bombards his audience with his usual repertoire of flamboyantly dizzying camerawork and a wild, scorching palette that has the cast looking as if they’ve been baking for days. […] It’s a steroid-injected, testosterone-driven display of slow-motion action, half-circle tracking shots, and dramatic push-ins.
Excerpt: the success is more down to a trio of brilliant performances and a wonderful screenplay than anything Bay supplies directorially, but there’s no denying that his usual trademarks (frantic edits, sensory excess and rampant sexualisation) are put to appropriate use.
Excerpt: Although it could never be called dull, Michael Bay’s brash and in-your-face tale of bodybuilders biting off more than they can chew squanders almost all of its potential thanks to the director’s self-indulgent and casually misogynistic sensibilities.
Excerpt: So insane and incendiary, I’m genuinely in shock that a major studio financed and is releasing it. Would that all filmmakers used their clout to do something this big, bold, fierce, and accomplished.
Excerpt: The lower budget might have resulted in fewer explosions and less wall-to-wall action, but make no mistake: this is full-frontal Bay machismo overload, bursting at the seams with blood, sweat, muscles, and bimbos, coated in that slick 90s oily sheen and drenched in Miami heat.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: You don’t want an action comedy to cross the line and become an assault on the audience…but Michael Bay’s ‘Pain & Gain’ does precisely that.