Reel Crime/Real Story tells the dramatic true stories behind some of your favorite Hollywood movies. Each episode is a revealing look at the real life events, and characters, made famous in films like Monster, To Die For, and Selena. As host of Reel Crime, Real Story, Erin Brockovich brings a unique perspective. She is one of only a handful of people who know what it's like have their life put on the big screen.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Reel Crime/Real Story - Pain & Gain - Netflix
Pain & Gain is a 2013 American dark comedy crime film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie. The film is loosely based on a story Pete Collins published in a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles and compiled in the book Pain & Gain: This Is a True Story (2013), which details the kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several victims by an organized group of criminals comprising bodybuilders affiliated with the Sun Gym. The film's title is a play on the common adage, frequently used in fitness: “No pain, no gain”. Released on April 11, 2013, Pain & Gain received mixed reviews; critics praised the acting, script, and comedic chemistry among the main actors, but criticized the violence, directing, and historical inaccuracies. Against a $35 million budget, the film grossed $86 million worldwide.
Reel Crime/Real Story - Controversy - Netflix
The Associated Press published an article interviewing survivors and investigators of the Sun Gym gang. Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Felix Jimenez stated: “You are talking about real people. And in this particular case, especially when you're talking about the murder victims, these were innocent victims.” Zsuzsanna Griga, whose brother and brother's girlfriend the gang killed and dismembered, said she didn't want the American public to sympathize with the killers. David Haglund and Forrest Wickman of Slate wrote, in a post titled “How True Is Pain & Gain?”: “In addition to the usual Hollywood streamlining and the amping up of certain scenes, the changes seem largely designed to make the central criminals more sympathetic. Whether you think that's a respectable thing to do will depend on what you think of their actual story – and perhaps, of the movies in general.”
Reel Crime/Real Story - References - Netflix