MICHAEL BAY flexes his comedy muscles in "Pain and Gain," a grisly, gonzo comedy based on a bodybuilding cabal and their Florida crime spree.
In the late 1990s, a trio of steroid-stoked sociopaths went on a short-lived rampage, kidnapping and murdering South Beach rich people for cash, real estate and toys.
The killers were grotesque, the victims (as portrayed here) vulgar and nouveau riche. The actual facts are in Pete Collins' Miami New Times series, and to read the super-sized saga of sadism is to wonder if the crimes are not evidence of some cultural disease.
Perhaps the same something's-rotten-in-South-Beach that Harmony Korine tried to locate in "Spring Breakers." Or that "The Queen of Versailles" tried to express in its deconstruction of the Florida McMansion craze.