A woman and her lover, who has made a living by running sex scams at hotels, decide to enter the big time by kidnapping a computer company owner and demanding $4 million ransom. The two ... See full summary »
Rise is a true story about a young nurse falsely accused of rape. Stripped of his career and his freedom, Will is forced to survive maximum security jail. The film centers on an unlikely ... See full summary »
Los Angeles, 1958: a detective holes up in a downtown hotel awaiting killers to come get him. During the course of one night he will meet various occupants of the hotel and the truth of how... See full summary »
Drama about a pretty young woman who is raped in a most unusual way. There are unexpected turns and surprises in the plot and some characters turn out to be quite different than you'd ... See full summary »
Cedric the Entertainer plays Jake, a seemingly regular guy who has no idea who he is after being hit over the head by mysterious assailants; when he finds himself entangled in a government ... See full summary »
Cedric the Entertainer,
The snoopy reporter Sadie Blake is called by her nerd colleague Ethan Mills that has deciphered a code and found an address in Koreatown from information of the Goth Tricia Rawlins about a bloody cult. Sadie does not give attention to Ethan, but when she sees on the front page of the news that Tricia has been found dead in a dumpster in Koreatown, she decides to visit the address. She finds an abandoned house with a gruesome basement full of blood and she immediately drives to Ethan's apartment. She finds the place in a complete mess and is abducted by a stranger and taken to Bishop, who wants to know what Tricia has told her. Then, Bishop and his mate Eve kill Sadie and they have a necrophilic threesome with her body. Later, Sadie awakes in the freezer of the morgue and sooner she realizes that she is a vampire and promises revenge to her sire. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The word 'vampire' is never spoken during the film. See more »
When Det. Rawlins is in the hotel with Sadie, he remarks about her fast regeneration process after her back heals almost immediately from being shot. Later, when he lifts her off the meat hook to save her, she still has her foot injury from the stabbing by Poe sometime earlier. See more »
[asking Clyde to kill her]
Finish it. I can't live unless I kill, and I can't live that way.
See more »
The persons portrayed in this motion picture are not intended to portray or represent any particular individual at LA Weekly. See more »
Written by Jonathan Hylander, Raymond Gurrola, Sean Johnson and Joseph Hylander
Performed by E>K>U>K
Published by JWCT Songs
Courtesy of Pulse Recording
by arrangement with format See more »
Rising from out of the ashes of the theatrical version...
It pleases me to report that RISE works brilliantly in its original 122-minute version. The use of non-linear storytelling is handled masterfully by writer and director Sebastian Gutierrez, and along with the beautifully lush cinematography of John Toll, these devices go a long way in giving the film an edge that most other horror films can only dream of. But then, RISE is so much more than a "mere" horror film, as it is just as heavily rooted in gritty film noir and hard boiled revenge thrillers like KISS ME DEADLY and POINT BLANK, and Gutierrez effortlessly mixes these different genres into one helluva potent cocktail. He is also greatly helped in making this sell by Lucy Liu, as her acting in this film is completely off the chart. This is without a doubt the finest and most daring performance she has ever given, and the raw emotion she dishes out in certain scenes is nothing short of astounding. So... in the cinematic tradition of vampire films like THE HUNGER, NEAR DARK, and THE ADDICTION, Sebastian Gutierrez's RISE is most definitely a worthy addition to the list.
23 of 39 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?