Pain & Gain (rated R for violence, language and strong adult content; and with a running time of 129 min.) is a 2013 American crime film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. The film is based on a story published in a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles written by Pete Collins and compiled in Collins’ 2013 book Pain & Gain – This is a True Story, which details the kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several victims by an organized group of criminals that included a number of bodybuilders affiliated with Sun Gym.
Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a schemer and recently released convict, who served time for defrauding seniors. Sun Gym owner John Mese (Corddry) hires him to increase membership and make the gym more fitness based. Lugo triples the gym’s membership within six weeks and befriends trainer Adrian Doorbal (Mackie). Doorbal, a bodybuilder, uses steroids, which render him impotent. The film opens with Lugo running from cops, only to be hit by one. Then the story goes back in time a few months. Lugo soon lusts after the earnings and lifestyle achieved by a new gym member he begins to train: Victor Kershaw (Shalhoub), who Lugo believes is a crook. Inspired by motivational speaker Johnny Wu (Jeong), Lugo decides to be a "doer" and hatches a plan to extort Kershaw for his assets by kidnapping and torturing him.
Lugo recruits accomplices Doorbal and Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), a recently released cocaine-addicted convict who has turned to religion. Though Doyle is reluctant to join the team, he soon caves in after a violent altercation with his priest. This "Sun Gym gang" unsuccessfully attempts to kidnap Kershaw at home, but incapacitate him with a taser outside his deli and take him to a small warehouse he owns. The kidnappers disguise their voices, but Kershaw identifies Lugo from his distinctive cologne. The scheme goes as planned otherwise. Lugo even bribes John Mese to notarize documents in Kershaw’s absence, by presenting documents signed by Kershaw and using Kershaw’s money to sponsor the Sun Gym.
The Sun Gym gang is able to collect Kershaw’s money and assets, but they realize releasing him is a bad idea. Therefore, Lugo concocts a plan to kill Kershaw by staging an accident. Soon the Sun Gym gang members spoil themselves with Kershaw’s riches. Kershaw reports the "accident" to the police, but they are turned off by his unpleasant manner and don’t believe his bizarre story. The gang learns of Kershaw’s survival and goes to the hospital to kill him, but the plan fails because Kershaw has fled. The plot then continues to thicken, as the film reaches toward its conclusion. A trial ensues.
Eventually, at Kershaw’s trial, Doyle has an attack of conscience, confesses, and testifies against Lugo; he is sentenced to 15 years in prison, serves seven years, and goes free. Lugo and Doorbal receive death sentences and sit on death row in Florida. Mese is sentenced and dies in prison. Victor Kershaw (actual name Marc Schiller), survives the events and is currently still alive.
—taken from the film description of Pain and Gain, courtesy of Wikipedia
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