Welcome to a world where people are coerced into participation in a deadly game show that promises to reward them well. To win, all they must do is commit 13 sins.
Mark Webber (Elliot), Devon Graye (Michael), Tom Bower (Father), Rutina Wesley (Shelby), Ron Perlman (Det. Chilcoat), Pruitt Vince (Vogler), Clyde Jones (Gerry), Deneen Tyler (Joyce), Tom Lawson Jr. (Prof. Solomon).
13 Sins begins with some unexplained violence before dropping back a step for some character introductions. Once we have an idea who the players are the film slowly begins to reveal the storyline which begins with a phone call to unsuspecting Elliot. Asked to perform a simple task, for which he is offered a financial reward, Elliot quickly finds himself participating in an unusual game show with ever more dangerous and rewarding challenges. Once moving, the film rushes headlong to an interesting ending with a few twists thrown in that are icing on the cake.
Acting was pretty good with Webber doing well in a variety of unusual circumstances. Graye did nicely, playing a handicapped person convincingly and interacting with Webber well. Bower fit his role nicely and presented ideally. Perlman was good but maybe a bit underused. The remainder of the cast was decent.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were reasonably well done but nothing really exciting. Effects were good with nice action scenes throughout. Dialogue fit the storyline well while maintaining suspense. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
In the end, 13 Sins may feel like a light twist on a seen before plot while at the same time feeling like a somewhat unique crime or psychological thriller.
With violence, gore, and foul language save this one for older teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers
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