Pain & Gain

Rated 1.0

Between October 1994 and June 1995, three Florida bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie) go on a spree of kidnapping, torture, extortion, murder and dismemberment. It's a more-or-less true story that director Michael Bay, with his usual sensitive artistry, decided was just the material he needed for a rollicking comedy in the style of The Hangover. The story wasn't funny, and neither is the movie—besides, comedy is hardly Bay's forte (is anything?). Other actors trapped in the mess include Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub and Rob Corddry. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (adapting magazine articles by Pete Collins) change many names, but not those of murder victims Frank Griga and Krisztina Furton, whose families are reportedly offended by the movie. It's hard to blame them.