Sure, that's easy for you to say when you're just the voice on the phone instructing someone else to do horrendous things in the name of money. You're not risking anything, and if the poor guy ends up getting killed while jumping through your twisted hoops, you owe him nothing, so yeah, that's some real brave advice there, Mr. Mystery Voice!
Sorry about ranting so randomly, but that little tagline from the trailer has been driving us nuts since we first saw it. Poppycock!
Anywho... 13 Sins is a remake of the 2006 Thai Thriller, 13: Game of Death. In all fairness, I personally have not seen the original, so I can't speak to its merits either way.
With the way that American filmmakers tend to handle remakes of Asian Thrillers though, we didn't hold out much hope for this one. Have you seen the Oldboy remake? What about the Nic Cage version of Bangkok Dangerous? Neither were anywhere near as good as their originals. They're even talking about remaking The Raid and I Saw the Devil for American audiences, which is a total joke. The original films are just fine for American audiences, and it's truly a shame that we as a culture are too lazy to read subtitles.
All of that is to say that going into 13 Sins, we were expecting to find a watered-down, lost in translation mess of a remake, but instead got a movie that hits most of its marks, and does so pretty well.
|Kill her! She's a horrendously annoying Vampire!|
|"I'm going to kill your parents, you little bitch!" What a fun game.|
|That guy is about to get jacked for that flask.|
13 Sins is a smart and stylish flick that boasts some solid performances and a great concept. It was full of tension, it had a few solid scenes of bloody mayhem, and it kept us asking questions about what was going on throughout... even though we never really got the answers we wanted. At least the movie made us care enough to ask.
|"And why would you have to search my ass, Officer?"|
And of course, we always love Ron Perlman, just as any reasonable human being with any sort of soul does.
|C'mon... how can you not love this guy!|
|What is with these phones from 2001?|
It all really just begs the question: did he get the money or not? Clarity, people. Clarity is a good thing.
|Just leave the phone and upgrade, man!|
|Well, at least he wore a mask...|
|Never trust a sexy nurse!|
13 Sins is a fun, tense little remake, that will entertain most viewers with its bits of black humor and shocking gore gags. How this movie only has 57% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes is beyond us, because it's definitely a better effort than that paltry score indicates. For $6.99 on VOD, you really should give this one a go; it's well worth your time and the money.
13 Sins is available now on VOD, and in Limited Theatrical Release.
Brittney Alger? Yes, Brittney Alger.