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.
"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
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