With Michael Bay's PAIN AND GAIN Getting Back To Basics Means Muscles, Bikinis And Perhaps A Bit Of Gunfire

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Much has been made of Michael Bay's move away from the big budget, CGI driven spectacle of the Transformers movies for something smaller and more intimate with the Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson starring Pain And Gain. But what many people forgot is that when looking over Bay's filmography the picture that stands out as the most small and the most intimate to date is Bad Boys. And that's very much the Bay that is back here.

From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes "Pain & Gain," a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of three personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson and Bar Paly also star.
Given that I quite like Bad Boys and Tony Shalhoub it comes as no surprise that I also quite like this first Pain And Gain trailer. Check it below.
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  • These two guys together? That's crazy...lol

  • NateDizzy

    OMG is Bay actually trying to make something with character?

  • mightyjoeyoung

    "that when looking over Bay's filmography the picture that stands out as the most small and the most intimate to date is Bad Boys. And that's very much the Bay that is back here."

    Well, the question is, Mr Brown, if we are seeing something new in Bays filmography.....sure, visually he is up to his usual tricks but the content.....this could be his Blood Simple. (1984) , Get Shorty (1995) etc.

    Screenwriter duo Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely wrote You Kill Me (2007) a very funny dark comedy, at least I thought so then.

    It seems judging from this trailer, like a comedydrama with a very dark humor......shall be interesting to see what it really is.

    If this is some film to showcase a more serious side to Bay to get a greenlight for that Cocaine Cowboys (2006) biopic that was rumored a few years ago, I´d say he might get it.

    Timing is right, a glossy, cool, film set in the 80´s about drugwars, and with an audience grown up with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

    Thanks for the trailer Mr Brown.

  • Mike

    That...actually looks okay.

  • Omar Hauksson

    I'm surprised of how much I enjoyed this trailer. Looks like a fun ride.

  • Mehaillien Thundercross

    This might be a fun ride, it almost reminds me of the Wahlberg we saw in Boogie Nights.

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