I don't know what Géla Babluani was thinking. 13 Tzameti was a cool
movie made on a shoestring budget and was ingratiating in its
presentation. This newer version is completely watered down, soft
around the edges, and bereft of all the charm of the original.
Everything from the wide angle tracking shots to the roofing opposed to
electricity (the whole in the roof was a nice device), the death in the
bath as opposed to the chair, the globe hiding spot, the little sister
of the protagonist in the original had a more authentic cuteness about
her than the WASPY mainstream girl in this one. The protagonist steals
the papers instead of finding them outside. All the minor differences
favor the original. Surprisingly, even the acting was much better in
the original, despite being paid a fraction of this all-star cast. The
main reason I wanted to see the remake was because of the cast, but it
was a total let-down.
The original was good, but it was good to the point where it was a cool idea and they were able to make it with the budget they had and it worked. It wasn't so brilliant that it deserved a big money remake which in fact hurt the credibility of the film, and in my opinion, the reputation of the director. He had his breakthrough movie, and then he could have followed up with a similarly creative idea. He may have ruined his career with this terrible remake.
All in all this movie just seemed incredibly lazy and it didn't seem like anyone working on the movie cared about the final product. Rourke is entertaining as always, but you can tell it's just another shtick role for him, nobody was making much of an effort here. As a viewer I felt like I was investing more energy into watching it than anybody put into making it, so i started to doze about halfway through.
Skip this movie, it's just not worth your time. Life is too short. If you haven't seen this, then watch the original. But if you have seen this, I think the original is spoilt for you.
Action / Drama / Thriller
Action / Drama / Thriller
In Talbot, Ohio, a father's need for surgeries puts the family in a financial bind. His son Vince, an electrician, overhears a man talking about making a fortune in just a day. When the man overdoses on drugs, Vince finds instructions and a cell phone that the man has received and substitutes himself: taking a train to New York and awaiting contact. He has no idea what it's about. He ends up at a remote house where wealthy men bet on who will survive a complicated game of Russian roulette: he's number 13. In flashbacks we meet other contestants, including a man whose brother takes him out of a mental institution in order to compete. Can Vince be the last one standing?
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