REVIEWS: Action & Thrillers — July 3, 2011 at 9:42 am

REVIEW: House of the Rising Sun (2011)

Ray Shane (Dave Bautista), an ex-cop, 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.

After reading this short synopsis, and getting through the cast, which, by my standards was quite impressive (Bautista, Amy Smart, Danny Trejo, Craig Fairbrass, Dominic Purcell), i was expecting a somewhat decent action thriller. How wrong I was…

First of all, this is a movie starring a wrestler. Nothing against Bautista, he seems like a nice guy, but, to make a movie with him as the lead, and not have action is a crime.

Throughout the whole film, Ray (Bautista) acts like a total wimp, he talks a lot, begs, gets his @ss kicked, pushed around, and desperately trying to “clear his name”.

Bautista is built like a damn locomotive, he looks like he could eat complete countries for lunch, and it is, frankly, a pain seeing him trying to act, and not able to show off what he really can do action/fighting wise.

Craig Fairbrass and Danny Trejo both have been known as “on-screen tough guys” and they do quite good when given the right material to work with. In here, they are totally wasted, as Trejo has a very limited screentime, and Fairbrass has, a pretty much “empty” role, so to speak.

I do understand that there were budget limits (the film reportedly had a 1,500 000 budget), but come on, throwing in a couple of fights at least (I am not talking about the “PM-Entertainment like car chases and blasts) would have helped this movie a lot.

Since we dont have any of that, what we have is a dragging, boring thriller. There are movies where talking is important, and it’s a special pleasure to watch such film if it has a great actors.

In “House of the Rising Sun” we have, what was supposed to be an action movie, but it doesnt have any action at all.

If you’re a Bautista fan, go for “Wrong side of Town”, which actually delivers action, and skip this one, you might be dissapointed a lot more than I was.


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