Friday, May 8, 2015

13 SINS

13 Sins Movie Review

Recently fired loser Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber) receives a phone call one night to participate in a game. If he completes thirteen tasks, which at first seem harmless, he will be awarded enough money to pay for his wedding, his soon to be born child, and to take care of his ailing father and half-retarded brother. But as the tasks become more risky, Elliot looks for ways out. This is a remake of the movie 13: Game of Death, a 2006 movie from Thailand that I have yet to see. Webber does a good job as Brindle, making the viewer truly care about this poor guy. He also delivers the comedy in a subtle way that is effective. The tasks themselves range from really cool to boring and uninteresting, but you can't expect the tasks to get too out of hand before the reveal of how far it will go. Pruitt Taylor Vince (Identity, Natural Born Killers), one of my favorite character actors, does a good job in his limited role, playing Vogler, a paranoid guy who seems to have all the answers.

It's always the "crazy guy" who has the answers

There are some twists and turns throughout the movie, though one, unfortunately, can be seen coming a mile away. The death scenes are few, but the ones that are there are pretty bloody. One thing that really brings this movie down for me is the comedy. While Webber does a decent job, it seems terribly forced with the rest of the cast. I wish they had made this a straight horror/thriller flick, but alas, it's not. 13 Sins is not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but I was pleasantly surprised and once it gets going, it's actually a fairly decent movie.

One A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

13 Sins Movie Trailer

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