This is a true story. It took place in Miami around 1994-95. Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) was a body builder with an American Dream complex. He wanted money and he wanted to run with the elite. Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) was also a body builder but a reformed Christian. He had spent some time in prison and had found God. You see Paul loves the nose candy. Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) just wanted to be a body builder. Problem was he kept doing steroids and he was having problem with his penis which made him overcompensate.
All three men would come to work at the Sun Gym. Now as trainers for the gym they were responsible for bringing people in and hooking them for that personal gym package. Which usually meant the people had money to burn.
In comes Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), he wanted to be pumped and wanted some excitement in his life. He was middle aged and had a successful sandwich Shoppe. That was about all he had though except he had money and he was obnoxious. Daniel had been working with him and couldn't stand to listen to him anymore. Now Daniel wanted that American Dream but he needed money to get there. So he and the other two muscle heads Paul and Adrian kidnap him and eventually get his money. Problem is, when they tried to kill him, he didn't die. Cops didn't believe his story but he eventually gets Ed DuBois an ex cop to get involved. Now between these three and the owner of Sun Gym John Meese (Rob Corddry) they weren't the brightest of the bunch, if you get my point.
For a short time they honestly thought they had gotten away with it. When they found out that Kershaw hadn't died they tracked him down and would try again. Paul would be the first to go through his money. Yes he went back to the coke and forgot God. He would try and hold up an armored car but failed. Daniel would come up with another scam and go after Frank Griga (Michael Rispoli) and his wife Krisztina (Kelli Lefkovitz). Now Frank had some money as he was involved in the porn trade.
Look I'm really not making any of this stuff up, it's all true. You really need to watch this movie. It's not because these people give stellar performances, it's because the whole story is true and it's the stupidest factual based movie I have ever seen. These guys deserve everything that came their way and you just have to watch it.
Director Michael Bay has brought a good cast together with one of the most bizarre story lines, and has made a very decent movie. So spend the money and go see this movie. Enjoy.