Pain And Gain

Reiterating a suggestion I previously made... if you're a filmmaker/producer/distributor reading this, and your film is streaming on Netflix, please let me know. Netflix unfortunately doesn't have what I feel should be a more efficient search/sort method, and it can be quite a chore trying to find something worth watching. So, help me out if you can.

The same goes for non-filmmakers. If you stumble across any titles that you think should be featured in this series, let me know!

Without further ado, here is this week's list of 5:

1 - So... Michael Bay takes a break from bloated, mega-budgeted action movies to make a "low budget" (low for Michael Bay - $25 million) action-comedy, centered on bloated extortioners - bloated as in muscle heads.

As someone who actually once considered a career as a body-builder (many moons ago, while I was in college), some of the sequences in this actually cracked me up, because they reminded me of a few muscle heads I knew way back when.

Anyway... Anthony Mackie joins Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's "low-budget" action-comedy, set in the world of bodybuilding, titled Pain And Gain.

The plot for the project, which is based on a Miami New Times article from 1999, follows a pair of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

You can read the Miami New Times article the film is based on HERE.

The script was penned by the pair who wrote the Captain America screenplay, and was previously compared in tone to the Coen brothers' Fargo. I don't know about that, based on the film I watched. A better comparison would be something closer to Bad Boys (which Michael Bay also directed) than Fargo. But you can now check it out for yourselves.

Johnson and Wahlberg play the 2 starring characters; Mackie plays a character named Adrian Doorbal, described as "a big-hearted bodybuilder who works out with Wahlberg's character, Daniel Lugo. Doorbal has little to show for his hard work, leading him to get involved with Lugo's scheme."

Check out the red-band trailer for the film below: