Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are bodybuilders and clueless criminals in "Pain & Gain”

  • by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 25, 2013 - 4:26 PM

As an eyes-only experience, “Pain & Gain” is impressive, in an overbearing sort of way. Long-lens shots of Miami sunsets, hot bodies around turquoise swimming pools, and big orange fireballs. Say what you will about Michael Bay’s taste for brain-grindingly stupid dialogue, Swiss cheese plotting, and female characters in lip gloss and string bikinis. His signature style, total bayhem, is as unmistakable as the roar and diesel tang of a monster truck rally. If that chaos-on-steroids quality is what you love about the guy, his latest will wallop your involuntary nervous system in the manner you enjoy. For everyone else, it will be death by aggravation.

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