Stryper Review – Pain and Gain
Stryper is one of the few surviving ’80s metal bands. They’ve faced naysayers throughout their career, but that has not stopped them from preaching the Gospel through music.
The band’s lineup consists of Michael Sweet (lead vocals), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitars), and bassist Perry Richardson (formerly of Firehouse). Their new album, Even the Devil Believes, was released last year.
It’s a Michael Bay movie
Pain and Gain is a movie based on true events about a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and follows their pursuit of the American dream. It is a gritty and intense drama with some dark humor.
This is the type of gut-wrenching story that should be treated with utmost seriousness, but Transformers franchise director Michael Bay seems to have been determined to frame it as a comedy. And judging by the audience reactions, he succeeded. People cackled at Victor’s travails and giggled at Frank’s big-breasted girlfriend.
This new release also features a one-hour making-of documentary, which chronicles the film from the articles written by Pete Collins to the final shot. The Blu-ray also features demo-worthy sound. The dialogue is crisp and clear, the LFE gets a good workout, and those mid-90’s old school tracks have never sounded better. This is a must-see for any fan of the band!
It’s a heist movie
If you haven’t seen it, Pain and Gain is the story of a group of personal trainers who turn to crime in pursuit of the American dream. It’s based on a true story and is a fun, heist movie with plenty of action and thrills.
Stryper is a multi-platinum crossover Christian metal band that has been around for 30 years and still performs to this day. Their music and message have impacted a wide range of audiences worldwide. The band is a cult favorite, and their members are passionate about their faith.
In this clip from the film, Paul talks a gun dealer into selling him and his friends weapons without a background check by pointing out that they have a Stryper sticker on their car. The dealer is impressed, and he agrees to do business with them.
It’s a comedy
The film’s premise is a grisly one, a true story of murder and mayhem involving three knucklehead bodybuilders in pursuit of their own American dream. And yet, despite the serious subject matter and the violent, bloody violence, the movie is ultimately a comedy. I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but the audience at my screening laughed loudly and often as they watched the crooks cackle at their troubles and laugh at their own idiocy.
The squirmy humanity of Johnson’s performance, the little character quips, the mid-90’s music and clothing choices and the general entertainment value of this caper/deranged morality tale all help elevate Pain and Gain above a straight-up action movie. But even though it’s funny, it still feels like a Michael Bay film, with its overbearing visual style and over-emphasis on explosions.
The movie also has some really good performances from Ken Jeong and Anthony Mackie. And the scene in which Paul talks a gun shop owner into selling him arms without a background check by saying that they are security for the Christian metal band Stryper is one of the film’s best moments.
It’s a thriller
If you are a fan of the band, you won’t want to miss this film. It’s a thriller with a darkly comic edge. The acting is superb. Mark Wahlberg is excellent as a bodybuilder turned gangster. The other actors do an excellent job as well.
Despite their long hiatus, the band has managed to leave an impression on pop culture. Its members have a deep conviction of their faith, and they live their lives according to their beliefs. They have a loyal following, and they are always ready to connect with their fans.
Their music is full of messages of hope and redemption, and they are passionate about their craft. Their energetic stage presence is sure to impress, and they are always excited about connecting with their fans. They are also very active in the community, and they strive to make a difference. They are a group that is truly one of a kind. It’s no wonder that they have a large following worldwide.