There is NOTHING surprising in this movie. You get to know ahead how it will end. So, plot-wise, nothing spectacular.
What is amazing is the array of emotions that one could go through watching such a display of brutality (you don’t really need lots of blood or kicks or hammering to do that). In this movie whereby each rounds the “contestants” in the Russian Roulette game that these rich and speculative men play, it is amounting to a date with fate and destiny. The rule of the game is simple enough. Point the gun to the other person in a circle, like a child game, shoot at the next person in the head as soon as the light-bulb lights up! And so it goes on until the only survivor is left in the ring. It is brutal, primal and it dulls the senses as each round goes.
The kid aka # 13 got into the game not out of his own will but out of his own greediness (quick way to get rich not knowing what it entails!). And it was also stupid of him to think he could walk away with the money scot-free. No, the police didn’t get him, someone else who lost in the game got to him instead. That was after he mailed his winnings back to his mom; he’s not an idiot afterall. Still, ironically, he won the $1.86 million or so in exchange of his life. Is it worth it? I don’t think so. But some other guys may think otherwise. In the first place, why does such game exist to begin with?
One can’t help but also ask the question, why does anyone invest in such film? I’ve no idea who the actors are, nor the director. However, they might be names you know. It also makes me questions why money and energy are wasted on such movie. Seems like there are a lot of trash out there these days despite the high prices movie-goers are being charged! Ok, granted, some of these movies which I don’t fancy might take in big winnings, I don’t know. Perhaps that’s why I don’t go to the movies anymore!
Do you think this is the trend or do you think it’s just me? I wonder…
"13" is the first movie, I can recall, since "The Deer Hunter" that uses Russian roulette as a plot device. I would go out on a limb and say that "13" utilizes Russian roulette even more than "The Deer Hunter" did. Therefore, I found this movie to have a very unique and different vibe about it. I found it to be very intense and extremely well acted. Unfortunately, certain aspects of this film keep it hostage from being an amazing motion picture. … more
This film is along the lines of Fight Club, Lion Heart and Taken. Vince Ferro is a struggling electrician. We see glimpses of him with his mother and sister and niece. He is working at a house with for a sick gentlemen (Harrison) who receives a mysterious envelope while under some sort of surveillence. Ferro overhears Harrison talking to another guy about the envelope as a means to get some money. Harrison dies in the house of a drug overdose while Vince is still there. The … more
Star Rating: There are scenes in 13 that successfully elicit a terrifying visceral thrill. There can be no other reaction to a plot that centers on underground Russian roulette and numerous shots that consist of imprisoned men holding guns to each other’s heads. I’ve never fired or even held a gun in my life, and yet the movies have made me aware of that moment just before the trigger is pulled – that solitary, agonizingly tense moment when … more