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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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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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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Berkshire Axis Media See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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 Tony meets Mr. Marcella the bottle with whiskey is near the glass on the table. When Tony leaves the bottle changes position. See more »

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I Miss You
Written By Jesse Pruett
Performed By 'Parker Theory'
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Do Yourself a Favor and Skip This One
12 April 2012 | by maggieameanderingsSee all my reviews

I watched this movie because, based on the name, I was expecting it to be set in New Orleans. So I was a bit disappointed when it was set in Michigan, but I couldn't hold that against the film. However, there was still plenty else I could legitimately hold against the film.

Unlike every other reviewer on here, I had no idea who Dave Bautista was and that he was a wrestler. What the other reviews don't mention is how distracting Bautista's size is throughout the movie. Because he is so huge, dwarfing every other actor, I kept expecting him to hulk out and start smashing things. I didn't understand why they would have cast someone with that ENORMOUS size if it wasn't a requirement for the role (à la early Schwarzenegger as Conan). I also couldn't understand why any serious, dramatic actor (and this is a serious role) would do that to his body as I kept wondering how many steroids it took to get that big. Finding out he was a professional wrestler at least explained that apparent contradiction. I suppose the producers thought they were cashing in on Bautista's "fame."

I'll give Bautista credit for trying and trying very, very hard to act this part which was reminiscent of a film noir detective. Unfortunately, he just didn't have the acting skills to pull it off. (Just because someone like a wrestler, model or singer "performs" as part of their job doesn't mean they can act. News flash: Acting is its own unique specialty. It takes talent and practice to be able to act well.) Instead of restrained, he comes across as wooden. Maybe they thought they'd cast against type by putting Gigantor into a role where he's supposed to be low key, intelligent and only resorts to violence when he's forced to instead of just grabbing the bad guy by his shirt, lifting him off the ground and threatening to pound him back into the ground with his ham-sized fist. As the noose draws tighter and tighter around Bautista's character, you're supposed to feel sorry for the guy, but it's nearly impossible to feel sympathy for the biggest guy in the room. (The one character I did feel sympathy for was the hit-man friend.)

To make things worse the script was bad. Tedious, predictable except where it didn't make any sense at all, and far too slow moving in spots --- deadly dull even. Great acting can salvage a thin script. But this wasn't great acting from anyone. It was mediocre acting with performances as flat as the pages of the newspaper comic strip it felt like the story came from.

The nicest things I can say about the movie are at least it was shot on location in Michigan (and didn't take the usual cheap route of Vancouver, British Columbia) and I somehow made it to the end of the movie. But I don't recommend you make it to the end of this movie or even to the beginning. Just do yourself a favor and skip this one.


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