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13 (2010 movie)

A movie directed by Gela Babluani

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This Movie Was Better Than I Thought (Warning Possible Spoilers)

  • Dec 23, 2011
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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 police and paramedics take the man away and before Vince leaves he goes back for the man's envelope. The envelope has instructions to go to the UPS Office to pick up a package. He goes and signs for it showing his ID (this is important because the police that were watching the gentleman later go to the UPS office and learn that Vince signed for the package).

The package has instructions that sends Vince on a train trip. He is able to shake the police tail and gets picked up by the actor who plays Eric in True Blood. He flashes the number 13 that was included in the package and Eric thinks Vince is in fact Harrison and takes Vince to a secluded place and later to an out of the way mansion.

In that mansion are a bunch of rich guys gambling millions on a Russian Roullette tournament that Vince has unfortunately gotten himself involved in. The other men involved are all desperate souls that need money badly. Each round of the tournament creates a great deal of tension.

The movie was compelling and teaches the lesson that it is sometimes better not to get involved. As Vince learns the hard way that once he stole Harrison's letter he got himself a whole lot more than he bargained for.

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December 23, 2011
interesting. I saw the original French film "13 Tzameti" so i skipped this. Seems like I need to give it a chance.
December 23, 2011
I got a free copy of it on DVD and it was laying around for a while. With a few days off from work I decided to finally watch it. This was a short film (90 minutes) and had no extras on the DVD
 
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review by . February 09, 2012
Starts out very strong and ends very flat.
"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.   …
review by . January 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
A bullet for a life
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 …
review by . October 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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13 is a 2010 English-language remake of the 2005 French film 13 Tzameti. The film is directed and written byGéla Babluani, who directed and wrote the original film. A trailer was released in August.



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A naïve 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.
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