Upon seeing the post, Can’t Watch This , I felt compelled to write a response. The post prompted a response about something hard or impossible to watch (hence the title). I instantly knew what I could write about. When the movie, “Pain and Gain” came out in theaters, I rushed with my friend Mikie to see it. I love Mark Wahlberg & the Rock, so I expected to fall in love with them all over again. I was extremely disappointed, however, to find that the movie was so visually graphic and disturbing that I literally groaned aloud. I walked out of the theater feeling like I got hit by a Mack truck.
Why did they have to take something that could have been SO good, and show every gory detail, to the point where I needed to look away? I understand the nation’s obsession with realism and violence, but this was simply beyond words. Two particular scenes come to mind- and if you have not yet seen the film, I hope this spoils it for you and makes you think twice. While trying to get rid of the corpse of a man they killed, our good old boys dismembered the man’s hands and barbecued them for all of the neighborhood to see/smell. In another seen, they drove a van REPEATEDLY over a man’s head, before causing his car to set on fire and burn him alive. Even describing it is making me nauseated. I understand that it was based on a true story, but it would have been a decent movie (in my opinion) had they not showed about 99 percent of the gory scenes. Also, their over-dramatization of drug use was a bit ridiculous. But I guess that is Hollywood for you.
I would be curious to hear what others thought of this movie. When we first walked out, my friend said he felt equally sick. We both agreed we wished we had not seen it. The other day, I mentioned it to him, and he said he “saw it a few more times” and “thought it was a great movie.” Now, I don’t have an issue with gore or violence, I am an AVID Stephen King fan, but I do think that some things are better left unseen- especially in the context of realism. It is particularly discomforting when the director causes the viewer to go from giggling at a comical scene to being physically jarred by a gruesome death. I suppose that is the effect they were aiming for. I am still not a fan. Thoughts?