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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 ... 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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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Berkshire Axis Media See more »
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Technical Specs

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 »

Goofs

When Carlos is in bed with Tony's wife and Ray enters the house he calls him Mr. Marcella instead of Carlos. See more »

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I Miss You
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Starts off interesting, then degenerates further as time goes on.
24 January 2013 | by krachtmSee all my reviews

The plot: After a violent heist, a dirty ex-cop/ex-con is tasked with recovering the stolen money and avenging the death of a mobster's son, only to face increasing pressure and suspicion from both the cops and mob.

While undeniably clichéd, the story had some real potential. The movie even starts off well, introducing all of the stereotypical characters that you expect to find in a traditional crime drama. Obviously, I wasn't expecting anything groundbreaking or unique, but, for what it was, it looked like an above-average entry. Somewhere around the middle of the movie, however, they just give up and decide to hit every cliché they can, while half-heartedly shooting a bunch of boring action sequences.

The biggest problem is the fight choreography. When you cast a giant bruiser as your protagonist, people are going to have certain expectations. This movie does not meet them. There aren't enough fight scenes, and the few that do exist are terrible. None of them are believable. The action sequences suffer from similar problems.

The acting was alright. There are a few B movie veterans that you'll probably recognize. Dave Bautista, the star, gives a decent performance, but I can't really say that I see him going anywhere but direct-to-video action movies.

If you're a fan of gritty, urban crime drama/thriller/action movies, you might like this, but there are much better choices.


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