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DVD REVIEW: FTN reviews 13

October 5th, 2012 by Irwin Fletcher Comments


13 (15)
Directed by: Géla Babluani
Starring: Sam Riley, Alice Barrett, Gaby Hoffmann & Jason Statham
Running time: 87 mins
DVD: £12.99 / Cat.No: ABD1068
Blu-ray: £17.99 / Cat.No: ABB8101

A naive young man assumes a dead man’s identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Vince Ferro (Reilly) is a young electrician who lives with his mum and sisters and who are all struggling to pay for their father’s expensive medical bills. Whilst working, he comes across a letter and part of a conversation involving high risk and walking away with a fortune belonging to his dead employer.

Assuming the place of his dead employer, Vince follows instructions from the letter and eventually slots into a very deadly game. A game with numerous participants, those who are taking part and those who seek to profit by it.

The game is Russian Roulette, gentleman, first round starts off with one bullet per gun, one gun per contestant. Only the lucky will survive. Survive and be rich.

Géla Babluani who wrote and directed the original “13 Tzameti” (a French film) has now transcribed this into an international film. The plot is very simple and, sadly, quite predictable. We have a young man who has no idea what he is getting himself into and is lead by his desires to make money. Before he realises what is happening, it is too late and he must play along or be killed anyway.

The cast do what they can with a simplistic script. Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham are reunited from their Expendables adventure for a film that does little to show off their talents. The biggest let down is Ray Winstone who is given virtually no dialogue and simply limps from one scene to another.

For a film based purely on Russian Roulette, the viewer will be pleased (or maybe disappointed) to know that there is very little graphic violence, in fact there is virtually no violence at all. We see numerous shady characters betting obscene amounts on money, but there is little to explain their reason behind their attendance.

There are only two very short back stories, and even they do not give the viewer any real knowledge. Which is quite a pity, really as, by the finale, the viewer may struggle to care who may actually survive and win.

The soundtrack is quite clunky, the dialogue is at times sparse and clichéd and the acting seems a little limp. It’s possible that the original version may have been a more taught thriller and this English language version may have lost some of this.

If you are looking for a suspense type thriller or an action piece containing several high class actors, take a second glance at the trailer as there are better films out there.

2 out of 5


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