Pain & Gain

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Wed, 06/12/2013 - 15:20 -- Anonymous (not verified)

By Bob Gibbons

Pain & GainIn the Movie Bible according to Michael Bay, this movie’s director, the first – maybe only – commandment is this:  Thou shalt do everything to excess or thou shalt not bother doing it at all.  In so many movies – Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Transformers, and others – Bay has taken that commandment to the bank and cashed it in for big money. And he applies the same approach here:  This is loud, long, violent, mostly filled with shiny toys (in this case, sex toys) a stupid plot orchestrated by bodybuilders on steroids and featuring women barely dressed, and always well…excessive.  Arguably, his approach works (at least at the box office) with movies whose subjects include aliens, end-of-world times, and war on a large scale.  It doesn’t work well here.  Michael Bay should go back to blowing up the planet.