Before "Transformers 4" explodes your eardrums and your eyeballs, director Michael Bay is turning it down a few notches on his upcoming action-comedy "Pain & Gain." The brand new trailer, made available on Bay's web site, lets co-stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson flex their acting muscles. 

Made for a reported $30 million, "Pain" is based on the true story of a group of Miami weightlifters who kidnapped a crooked millionaire, only for their finely-tuned plans to go horribly awry. 

Watch the trailer above.

Perhaps surprisingly, it actually looks pretty funny. There are still plenty of guns, girls, cops, slow-motion shots and even a few explosions, but it will be interesting to see Bay slightly out of his element before he and Wahlberg reunite for the new-and-improved "TF4" or "Trans4mers" or whatever they end up calling it. The trailer is set to Sleigh Bells' "Kids," which is the perfect combination of ass-shaking fun and ground-shaking bombast. 

Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris and Rebel Wilson also star.

"Pain & Gain" opens April 26, 2013.

What do you think of the trailer?


Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.