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Pain Hustlers (2023)

You know, I don't think Emily Blunt has done herself any favours here. She might have thought she needed an Erin Brockovich moment, that it was the right time, but this is not what this ended up being.

If Chris Evans doesn't have a five movie deal with the Netflix, he's hiding it fucking well, I reckon. It would explain alot, if you think about it.

"Inspired by a true story" does not mean it's word for word, and by crikey don't we know it.

Humans are fallible, weak and given the opportunity, would not bat one eyelid for a stranger's well being if there was a million dollars in it for them. Anyone remember The Box? You can press the button for a million dollars but if you do, someone you don't know will die? If you're telling me you wouldn't press the button, you're either a liar or an idiot.

Money and power is intoxicating and alluring. Or so I'm told. I've never had much of either, so really, I wouldn't trust a word I said on the subject.

In that regard, the film is frighteningly accurate, narratively, at least. I managed to sit through the entire thing, morally dragged from one side to the other. It's not a bad movie at all, but it does approach unsavoury elements that quietly points the finger at all of us.

Even good people do bad things. Like making movies, for example.


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