There have been many bad movies involving pro wrestlers:
No Holds Barred: Hulk Hogan plays a guy named Rip who acts just like Hulk Hogan. I should have said he behaved like him. The way I wrote it, it sounds like Hulk Hogan is acting in the role of a guy who is also acting.
Hell Comes to Frogtown: Roddy Piper is hired by the government to impregnate as many women as possible so they can defeat a bunch of frog people.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention that his NAME is Hell. Sam Hell. That's where they got the title from.
Abraxas: Jesse "The Body" Ventura goes to outer space.
Anyway, all of these pieces of cinematic hooey now have a been surpassed, by Sting: Moment of Truth.
Sting: Moment of Truth is not just bad by the standard of "movies starring wrestlers," it's just bad.
It may be the worst film I have ever watched.
For starters it should be acknowledged that there once was a wrestler named Sting. I am pretty sure half of you read the title of this article and thought "Oh, he's reviewing the latest Sting CD. I guess it's called 'Moment of Truth.' Gee this website has really gone downhill. I don't know why I even bother reading it anymore."
Sting was probably the most popular star of the 1980s that NEVER made it to the WWF. Instead he ruled as one of the top stars of the WCW. Then he found Jesus.
A whole lot of the wrestlers find Jesus eventually. I don't know why, but wrestling seems to have a large "Born Again" contingent.
As I popped in the DVD I knew this could go one of two ways:
1. It could be a powerful, uplifting movie about a sinner who finds redemption.
2. It could be a ridiculous movie that makes wrestling and religion look silly.
3. It could be a... wait did I say 2 ways? Shoot! I had a 3rd way, too! Oh well.
The movie was pretty bad. The main problem with the film is that Sting is portrayed as a positive guy throughout. He doesn't go out with the guys, he is true to his wife, HE IS A GOOD GUY.
Then he gets saved. For what I wasn't sure. I guess Sting got cold feet about the whole "putting all your bad qualities up on the screen" aspect of a redemption story.
So, it's a boring story. But that is not why it's a BAD movie. It has plenty of OTHER reasons for that.
low production values:
The film recreated many of Sting's memorable matches in a series of re-enactments. These are done in an empty arena, but crowd noise and shots of a CLEARLY different event are spliced in to make the whole thing more surreal.
Sting says "You don't know how big this country is until you drive non-stop."
Huh? Non-stop from where to where?
bad line reading:
He actually flubs the line and says "You don't know how big this country is until you drive non-STOCK."
Unless he was saying 'non-stock' as in "driving in a standard car, rather than a stock car" he flubbed the line.
Or maybe he meant that he was driving without any livestock.
The film ends with Sting retiring. He has since made public statements about wrestling being "Satan."
He has since ended his retirement and returned to the ring.