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House of the Rising Sun (2011)

Ray, an ex-con, is starting a new life looking to stay out of trouble. One evening, on Ray's watch, the nightclub he works for is robbed and the owner's son is shot dead. As his criminal ... See full summary »

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Brian A. Miller (as Brian A Miller)

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Chuck Hustmyre (novel), Chuck Hustmyre (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dave Bautista ... Ray
Amy Smart ... Jenny Porter
Dominic Purcell ... Tony
Danny Trejo ... Carlos
Craig Fairbrass ... Charlie Blackstone
Brian Vander Ark Brian Vander Ark ... Jimmy LaGrange
Roy Oraschin Roy Oraschin ... Dylan Sylvester
Tim Fields ... Detective Carl Landry
Debra Harrison-Lowe ... Priscilla Zello
Lyle Kanouse ... Vinnie Marcella
John G. Carbone John G. Carbone ... Peter
Franz Klain Franz Klain ... Joey
Imani Lee Imani Lee ... Cleo
Joe Ochman ... Hotel Clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Abbatiello Don Abbatiello ... Bar Patron
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Ray, an ex-con, is starting a new life looking to stay out of trouble. One evening, on Ray's watch, the nightclub he works for is robbed and the owner's son is shot dead. As his criminal past is exposed Ray hunts for the person responsible for this crime in an effort to clear his own name. Ray must get to the bottom of this as both the mob and cops start to close in on him as their target suspect. Written by Elizabeth Obermeier, Marketing Manager

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They took his badge. He kept the gun.


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Rated R for violence, sexual content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 2011 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Inculpado See more »

Filming Locations:

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Berkshire Axis Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Locations signs for the shoot originally read "Urinal Cakes", but after the producers decided this may attract too much attention to the shoot, they changed them to "Houston McGregor" aptly named after the Director's, Brian A. Miller's, pet Beagle. See more »

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When Jimmy meets Tony the quantity of liquid in the "Irish coffee" glass changes when he leaves the table. See more »

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A monotonous, emotionless, piece of cinema.
2 July 2011 | by dragons2607See all my reviews

I'm not particularly a wrestling fan. However, there seems to be a growing trend introducing wrestlers to cinema. It's worked in the past for both Steve Austin and Dewayne Johnson, but it's not a set in stone formula.

This was not a flick that followed the formula of a successful action film. The plot moves quickly at the beginning, but then stops, takes a few sharp (and typical for this genre) turns. Stops, and then takes a few more wide turns before finally coming to a stop. For this being billed as an action/drama movie, it really doesn't have the characteristics of those.

The action and choreography is dull. Right down to it's core. I'd have rather them be too far out there than simply not enough, especially from a man like Bautista who has such a large physique, and a reputation in wrestling for being especially action-packed.

There were some cheesy moments with the action, as well. CGI rendered bullet holes, for instance - which I normally don't have a problem with if they're difficult to detect. However, these are laughably noticeable.

The acting was pretty atrocious for the most part. There were two saving graces: Amy Smart and Dominic Purcell (Danny Trejo's character doesn't have enough scenes to justify his role). Both Smart and Purcell played their parts very well. Their interaction with the main character is what you would expect for two seasoned actors talking to a dull brute.

Bautista cannot act. I'm sure he's excellent at tossing people around the ring and being overly intimidating (I have to admit, he is an incredibly large fellow). However - he should stick to the over dramatization of wrestling and leave acting to people who are actually good at it.

The plot was extremely cliché'. Nothing that I haven't seen before, this was just done much more poorly than previous renditions of the same story.

I'd suggest staying away from House of the Rising Sun.


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