Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Tyrese Gibson
Director: Justin Lin
This movie should be called Fun, Fast, & Furious because I had a blast watching it. I rarely see a movie twice at the movie theater, but I’m hoping I can see this one more time before it heads to DVD (which I plan to buy).
There’s a short scene after the credits so make sure you stay for it. It’s great and I squealed.
A fast plot summary:
Following the money heist in Fast Five, Dom Toretto (Diesel) and his team split up. They are fugitives now, but they’re also super rich. Dobbs (The Rock, er Dwayne Johnson) asks the team to take down a dangerous criminal named Owen Shaw and he provides evidence that Dom’s ex, Letty Ortiz (Rodriguez) is still alive. Dobbs agrees to drop the criminal charges against the team if they help deliver Shaw.
Some things never change
This is Justin Lin’s 4th time directing a Fast movie. They might want to keep him. Vin Diesel’s acting is still horrendous. Good grief, man.
The characters endure a lot of physical punishment yet they always walk away with minor scrapes. No broken bones, not even a concussion.
Great action scenes
It seemed like the action scenes were planned out very well, and there are two that really stick out to me: the bridge and the runway. Even though the characters are moving at very high speeds you always knew where each person was, and you could clearly see each movement as people jumped to different cars, spun out, delivered a right hook to someone’s jaw, etc.
The hand to hand combat was nice too
This movie delivered more than car chases. We also saw people get some good, old fashioned ass whippings. Gina Carano, a former MMA fighter, had an awesome fight scene with Michelle Rodriguez, and the other characters had their own individual fight scenes that were really good as well.
I could write a super long post about why I loved this movie, but I think it’d be better if everyone heads to the theater to see it.
If you saw Fast 6 did you love it as much as I did?!
Running time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris
Director: Michael Bay
I never thought I’d say this, but I went to a Michael Bay movie and had a good time! Pain & Gain has plenty of laugh out loud moments and a stand out performance from Dwayne Johnson. It is a little unsettling to watch though, because this movie is based on a true story of kidnapping, torture, and extortion. There’s also some jarring scenes here, so I think your enjoyment of the movie will depend on your personal tolerance level.
Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg) is a fast talking, not-so-bright Miami bodybuilder at Sun Gym. He enlists fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Mackie) and recently released convict Paul Doyle (Johnson) to help him execute a plan: extort assets from a new, wealthy Sun Gym member named Victor Kershaw (Shalhoub). Their plan quickly spirals into kidnapping, torture, and murder.
Dwayne Johnson is hilarious as Paul Doyle, a convict who wants to serve God but becomes increasingly conflicted during the extortion scheme. Johnson typically plays no-nonsense characters (see: Fast Five, Fast 6, Snitch, GI Joe), but his WWF/WWE fans know that he is a very funny guy. Rebel Wilson, who stars as Doorbal’s wife, and Johnson serve as the comedic relief in an otherwise depressing movie. One of the funniest scenes is Doyle cooking severed hands on a barbecue grill. It’s ludicrous, disgusting, and insane but Johnson plays it well.
This is a very, very, very dark comedy, and after reading the true story I’ve decided that I can’t watch this again. It’s hard to laugh during this movie when you realize how much dismemberment and blood didn’t make the cut, considering the movie already has plenty of those elements in it. There are some scenes that are hard to watch, such as the scenario where the Sun Gym gang realized torture, fire, and an SUV won’t be enough to kill Kershaw.
Score a point for Michael Bay
I think Bay lucked upon this movie, so I don’t expect him to repeat this and deliver another good movie. Pain & Gain includes a couple of the typical Bay standards: hot, scantily clad women and an over-abundance of machismo and bravado, but these aspects seem credible given the story shown here.
I enjoyed this movie up to a certain point and then it became uncomfortable. I can’t easily recommend this movie.