For decades, professional wrestlers have not only dominated the ring but the screen as well. Because of their impressive physiques and charismatic personalities, it only seems natural that these talented athletes transfer their skills to movies. Dave Bautista is the latest wrestler to make this transition and the results are pretty unspectacular. House of the Rising Sun is a direct-to-Blu-ray actioner that features Bautista busting heads and shooting baddies for 88 minutes but really, what’s the point?
Ray Shane (Bautista) is a former dirty cop who’s trying to escape his shady past by working as a security guard at a nightclub. One night, a group of robbers come in, ransack the place and kill the owner of the club’s son. The owner, a Mafioso then charges Ray with the task of finding the killers and bringing them to “justice”. As Ray gets deeper into his mission, his criminal past is exposed and he runs the risk of being caught by the police and the very people he’s working for.
House of the Rising Sun is an instantly forgettable shoot-em-up. Bautista certainly has an imposing screen presence but his acting ability is severely lacking. He is big and tough but Laurence Oliver he is not. He just seems like another cookie cutter wrestler-turned actor following in the tired and true tradition of Hulk Hogan, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Cena. Amy Smart, Dominic Purcell and Danny Trejo provide average supporting roles and the direction and editing may make you a little dizzy. If you have nothing better to do, then this movie is still probably not worth your time.