Michael Bay has spent most of the last decade making Transformers movies, and will continue to for at least one more film. But for those who ever suggested the director had something going on besides being one of the most talented directors with visual effects and scale, it’s been hard to defend Bay considering he’s made three big-budget toy adverts. Now comes Pain and Gain, and maybe we’ll see the reason why he’s got his defenders.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie as three guys who decide to kidnap and rip off a rich man (Tony Shalhoub), only to not get away with it. This is based on a true story, a very brutal one, but we’re sure it’s going to have some Hollywood-esque touches. But that said, this looks like the Michael Bay we love, the slightly amoral guy who knows how to stage action like no one’s business (and the jokes look like they might work). Here’s that trailer:

Pain & Gain Trailer from Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.

For those looking to defend Bay (and he’s made some execrable films), it generally comes down to The Rock – which works in a very mid-90′s sort of way – and Bad Boys II, which is one of the biggest, most sociopathic and totally entertaining big-budget R-rated action films ever made, and is likely the closest thing to a personal movie Mr. Bay has ever made. This is his low budget “I made a lot of money on a lot of pictures, so I’m going to have some fun” film. We can’t wait. the film is set to open April 26, 2013.

What’s your favorite Michael Bay movie?