Pain & Gain – The STiXXclusive Review

What is the American Dream? It’s been repeated throughout the course of history as being the perfect life on an American. It’s been depicted in film, music, and athletics throughout the years with starting with essentially nothing and rising up to have your own everything. People get frustrated and annoyed with what they do in their current lives, because they’re worth more than what their pay stubs say they are. I can relate to this, because when you have to make a decision for your life, you have to be able to withstand a significant loss in order to amount to a significant gain. One man had the strong belief in the American Dream, and this is the story of a man who was all around determined to live it.

It’s hard to believe that this was an actual true story, because of the wild shenanigans that took part during the course of the movie. Body builders kidnapping people who have more because you have less is one way to I guess ‘achieve your dream’, but nonetheless, that’s what a trio of body builders did. In the only way that Michael Bay can, he made this movie entertaining. Money, Sex, Violence and a lot of police work – there were hints of Bad Boys elements in this movie, but overall, the casting is what drove this movie to what it was. Mark Wahlberg plays Daniel Lugo, who is somewhat of an overachiever who’s in over his head. Mark’s ability to be comedic when necessary gives him that extra ‘it’ factor even when he’s not trying to be. The additions of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Anthony Mackie brought together a great trio that was entertaining to watch for the whole two hours.

Not every dream is meant to be a good one, and for these guys, they did what they had to do to come out on top. It’s definitely a movie that will go by quickly because it’s a fast pace, but I didn’t know it was going to be as long as it was (Michael Bay doesn’t do 90 minute movies, I should have known). There were many quotes that I could take from this movie that you can apply to your daily life, but obviously don’t go around robbing people just because they have it better than you – work for it. No pain, no gain, and that’s just how life works. There’s always a moral in every story, even if it comes from a group of dumb criminals. Entertaining. Watch it. This is my opinion, this is my review, but for now

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