THE REAL-LIFE REMINDERS
Film: Pain And Gain
What happens? In Michael Bay’s adaptation of the true story reported in the Miami News, what’s amazing is what he didn’t add. Amid muscly men and pneumatic, scantily-clad women, an explosion or two and a number of instances of unsafe driving, Bay actually takes the time to remind us that the least believable stuff is actually true. They really did barbecue a human hand, for instance, in a lunk-headed attempt to dispose of evidence of a murder.
WTF? Seriously, that really did happen. The great shame of Pain & Gain is that people were hesitant to credit it with any relationship to real life because Michael Bay made it, but if you read the story itself, all the most ludicrous stuff basically came from court documents.
The lesson: Sometimes people are weird.
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