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Dwayne-Johnson-on-the-set-of-Pain-and-Gain-2012-Movie-ImageMy curiosity about Michael Bay’s real life steroid infused criminal enterprises story turned summer action flick has been pretty much off the charts since I saw this image of The Rock.

Now that the trailer has hit it seems like it will be a fun little ride.

Pain & Gain is an upcoming action comedy film written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by Michael Bay.

The film is based on a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles by investigative journalist Pete Collins about a couple of Florida steroid-abusing knucklehead bodybuilders who become criminals involved in an extortion ring and a kidnapping plot that goes horribly awry.

As Collins put it:

“They were local bodybuilders with a penchant for steroids, strippers, and quick cash. And they became expert in the use of a peculiar motivational tool: Torture”.

The crime pic was budgeted at $25M and is part of Bay’s two-film deal with Paramount(the other is Transformers 4also with Wahlberg.

The film is scheduled for a release date of April 26, 2013.

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Plot: It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.

Django UnchainedBy Peter Bradshaw @ The Guardian

Quentin Tarantino‘s brilliant and brutal revenge western is a wildly exciting return to form: a thrilling adventure in genre and style climaxing in a bizarre and nightmarish scenario in a slave plantation in 1858.

The movie is managed with Tarantino’s superb provocation and audacity, with a whiplash of cruelty and swagger of scorn.

It is superbly acted by Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and, particularly, Samuel L Jackson, who creates a masterpiece with his chilling character Stephen, the grey, stooping servant-elder to DiCaprio’s unspeakable slave-owner Calvin Candie.

Just to make liberals everywhere uneasy, Tarantino and Jackson make Stephen the biggest, nastiest “Uncle Tom” ever: utterly loyal to his white master, and severe in his management of the below-stairs race in the Big House. He fixes everyone with a chillingly shrewd, malevolent stare made even more disquieting by an unsettling Parkinson’s disease tremor — an inspired touch.

Stephen is overwhelmed with disgust for uppity racial politics (though that isn’t how he phrases it) and he and Tarantino drop the satirical N-bomb, targeted with sadistic tactlessness and muscular bad taste at the white man’s Vichyite collaborators in the Old South.

Slavery is a subject on which Hollywood is traditionally nervous and reticent. Perhaps it takes a film unencumbered with good taste to tackle it. Lars Von Trier’s Manderlay was one.

Here is another.

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