Excerpt: Vince is an electrician who’s family is going through a rough time. The hospital bills for dad are piling up and the family is about to lose their home when Vince overhears a customer talking about earning a buttload of money in only one day.
Summary: Géla Babluani directs his own remake in '13,'which tells the tale of the participants in a terrifying game of chance — a ghastly, twisted version of Russian roulette. Starring Ray Winstone, Mickey Rourke, Jason Stratham, and Curtis Jackson, the story is supposed to follow Sam Riley's naïve...
Summary: You know that a film has done its job when you find yourself asking those “what if” questions when it’s over. You can’t help but ask yourself what you might do in the same situation. There’s plenty of water cooler philosophy to take from this one.
Excerpt: Making a film about the cutthroat world of Russian Roulette is a little like making a gambling thriller about the card game War. In both the gameplay is so brutally simple that strategy and skill don’t play much of a part.
Summary: Arguably not since "The Vanishing" has a director remade his foreign-language breakout feature to such diminishing returns as with "13," Gela Babluani's Americanized reworking of his "13 Tzameti" (2006).
Excerpt: Pro tip to underground Russian roulette gamblers: Don’t discuss your plans or the multi-millions you’re ready to inherit with the electrician working in the the next room. People with sense have such discussions in private. Where would 13 be if that chatter didn’t happen?
Conclusion: Houston, there's absolutely no problem whatsoever with this wonderful film, which still holds up quite admirably a decade and a half after its release. Viscerally exciting, compelling and unexpectedly touching for such a tech-heavy film, it offers wonderfully restrained performances and the sure...
Summary: In case anyone missed the lesson learned from "High School Musical" and its endlessly multiplying spawn, kids these days are quite comfortable watching their fictional counterparts burst into song to express their feelings.