Elliot (Mark Webber) has just been fired for being spineless. He is soon to wed an African-American girl (Rutina Wesley) while caring for a mentally challenged brother (Devon Graye). And oh BTW his racist dad (Tom Bower) just got evicted and is moving in with him. It all starts out simply with a phone car from a man who knows more about Elliot than anyone should...up to the fact there is a fly in his car. The man offers Elliot $1,000 to kill the fly and even more to eat it. Elliot agrees to play the game for money. He must complete all 13 tasks for an all or nothing win. The task intensity grows almost exponentially as does the reward. Elliot is forced out of his shell becoming a fugitive.
The intensity factor is good. I had to get out of my seat a few times. The end has nice little twist.
Worth viewing for those who like this type of film. I would also recommend "Cheap Thrills" for a similar film of men being paid to perform dangerous tasks.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. N-word. No sex or nudity.
on 15 June 2014
Elliot's (Mark Webber) got no money and is in debt. His girlfriend, Shelby (Rutina Wesley), is pregnant and although they are about to get married, there's no money for that either. His brother Michael (Devon Graye) needs on-going psychiatric care and Elliot has no insurance to cover the medical bills. And, as well as his brother, his belligerent father (Tom Bower) has moved into the apartment Elliot shares with Shelby. In other words, Elliot's up a creek without a paddle. Then something unbelievable happens; someone rings him while he's in his car and tells him to kill the fly that is bothering him. For killing a fly he gets $100. Although Elliot doesn't know who the person on the phone is, and cannot understand how they know there is a fly in the car, he does as asked and when he checks his bank via his smartphone, there it is, $100. It's all a strange game and all Elliot has to do is fulfil 13 tasks and he will be worth millions. Of course, he cannot tell anyone, if he fails a task or doesn't complete all 13 tasks he still doesn't get any money. Thinking that swatting a fly is an easy thing to do, Elliot makes the mistake of thinking that all his tasks will be equally undemanding. He couldn't have been more wrong and as he is sucked into the game, he finds himself well outside the law with detective Chilcoat (Ron Perlman) on his case.
13 Sins (2014) was totally unexpected. While it's not a comedy per se, it certainly has an element of dark humour to it which at times made me burst out laughing, but don't let that mislead you. It's grisly, it's gruesome, it's great and gory fun, with a wonderfully tense atmosphere. There are scenes of extreme and outrageous violence and in some ways it reminded me of the gory Final Destination movies. The ending was unexpected too and a nice and tidy finish to an enjoyable but bumpy ride. Horror lovers should love it.
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on 16 June 2016
A remake of an Asian film called 13 Beloved or 13 Game of Death. Eric Brindle is a mild man who loses his job as his wedding day approaches. Add to this his mentally impaired brother is to lose his social benefits and their father is in dire straits so Eric is facing ruin. He is offered a sort of get out of trouble ticket when he is selected for a game in which he has to complete ever more anti-social tasks such as burning a church display for ever more amounts of money. One has got to wonder whether something like this could ever be possible in real life but it makes for an entertaining film with some good twists to add to the uncertainty. Ron Perlman is given unnecessary prominence on the DVD cover because his role is rather minor so maybe he is being used for box-office draw. There are no extras on the DVD.
on 12 October 2015
I'll eat a fly for $3750 myself actually?em,don't be fooled by the first two sins,they get worse?Guy in a rut in life gets a chance to win millions of dollars but there's no going back?Not really a horror,more a spliced Silence of the Lambs mixed with black dark humor and a touch of the movie "seven",but episodic 13 nasty little tasks,"sins",you certainly won't listen to fair ground noises in quite the same way again especially if it's by phone??Loved it.Dont be fooled by Ron Pearlman on the front cover he's hardly in it,but even a twist there,Great stuff.
An excellent movie as most are which star Ron Perlman. A man who is in debt is telephoned and told if he performs a task $1000 will be deposited into his bank. The first task is simple and easy to accomplish and there are 13 tasks to complete. Of course as the tasks go on they get harder and harder. Is murder worth the money?
on 15 November 2015
It didn't scare me at all but it was fun, funny, rather gory and made me think. Its clever and for me the scariest thing about it is, POSSIBLE SPOILER - the greed of man, love of money and how twisted mentally some people, especially the rich bored ones, or so desperately poor, can become. Watch it.
on 26 July 2014
I knew this was going to be a good film when I saw that it had Ron Perlman from Alien 4 and Hellboy and Pruitt Taylor Vince from Identity in it. It is an original storyline which keeps you guessing from the start, with some fantastic special fx. This is one not to be missed.
on 28 July 2014
This isn't the very best movie however, it's intriguing and well done. Ron Pearlman is an amazing actor and doesn't fail in this movie either. Its does question what we (people in general) would be willing to do for money.
"13 Sins" is a modest budget, (I'm going to call it) darkly comedic, film from the USA, directed by Daniel Stamm. It is basically a remake (give or take) or a Thai film called "13:Game of Death". I actually enjoyed it more than the original (which is also very good) , as this one has a bit of a lighter touch than the earlier film and a more jaunty tone and also a better ending, in my opinion. I really enjoyed it.
Kind but unassertive (insurance?) salesman Elliott Brindle (Mark Webber), who wouldn't say "Boo" to a goose (or even "Go to Hell" to his boss, to save his job), gets fired.
It is not a good time to get fired, as his boss helpfully reminds him, (just before firing him -that's bosses for you!); he has a handicapped brother, Michael, who needs medication, is in debt and is about to marry his pregnant girlfriend. He also has a very nasty dad, who lives in residential care.
Sitting in his car at night, at some red traffic lights, being pestered by a fly in his car, the phone rings. A very perky voice explains he's been selected to play a game. All he has to do is complete 13 challenges, at the end of each, he will receive an increasing amount of money. The rules of the game are simple; you must complete all 13 tasks successfully to win, if you don't you forfeit all money earned to that point. You also lose if anyone else finds out you are playing the game, or if you try to interfere with the game.
First challenge; swat that pesky fly in the car for $1,000........
What follows is an enjoyable romp as Brindle takes on increasingly morally dubious tasks to win money, finding his assertiveness along the way. I liked the "nativity" challenge 4 and "take Mr Taylor out for coffee", challenge 6, in particular. (Sadly, there is no "lunch" challenge, like in the original).
Ron Perlman appears in a supporting role, as a police detective, investigating the whole affair. Webber in the lead is very good as Brindle, who brings a comedic feel to the part, initially empowered but ultimately desperate, as events over take him. I enjoyed it.
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In a similar story to "Cheap Thrills" (also worth watching), a desperate man performs risky dares for cash. It starts off innocently enough, when he is offered $100 to kill a fly, but it soon escalates way beyond that. Unlike Cheap thrills, Elliot does not know who is giving him the tasks, it is an anonymous tormentor who seems to know far too much, and contacts him by telephone.
If you don't like gory, violent films, perhaps you should give this one a miss, but I really enjoyed the clever story and the twist ending was unexpected. There were even a few darkly humorous moments. If you're a horror/thriller fan, give this one a try!