13 sins cover

“I will dance with the golden toad.”
– Elliot Brindle

SYNOPSIS: A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7Another movie from the horror box set from mah bestie! This one was chosen randomly to watch by my fiancé, and let me tell you, we were quite impressed (even though it featured both Ron Perlman and Rutina Wesley). What you expect to be a by-the-numbers film actually brings more to the table than one would expect, even if there are times where you just cannot buy into the logic. The characters, too, are not exactly people you are going to warm towards to actually care about, but they do serve the purpose of moving the story along, and they do deliver suitably solid performances. There are a lot of questions that are raised and, unsatisfactorily, not all of them are answered (especially a big one that I really wanted to know about). There was definitely more potential than was tapped into here, but that does not, for one second, mean that this is a hollow film. In fact, it is quite the enjoyable flick with a few funny moments and an intriguing premise. There was definitely potential for more thrills and tension, and while that is not constantly evident, the movie keeps you entertained. I was intrigued by Elliot and his situation, as well as how he was actually going to handle playing this game with some unseen caller. I also liked seeing how he was changing as he was playing the game. There was some fantastic material to explore there, though the movie didn’t focus on that too much, just enough to let you know psychologically the game was affecting him. There were some twists and turns in the plot, too, some which were expected, and others that came as a surprise, so that was nice.  I wish that Pruitt Taylor Vince had been given more screen time, he is an actor I really do enjoy. I don’t think this film has the guts, content, and execution to linger too long after you have watched it, but that does not mean it isn’t worth a look see, especially for a movie night with friends.

15 thoughts on “Rapid Review: 13 Sins (2014)

    1. Zoë says:

      It did its job then xD

      Liked by 1 person

      1. rosemawrites says:

        YES! I got goosebumps! 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  1. Natasha says:

    I can take Ron Perlman but don’t bring Rutina Wesley close to me. Gosh she’s irritating! Happy you enjoyed it though!

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    1. Zoë says:

      I definitely had fun with this one, I can see it being something I go back to, so thanks. Ugh, they both piss me right off.

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  2. Keith says:

    Hmmmm, looks and sounds interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      It was – flawed, for sure, but a pretty decent concept and execution. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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  3. table9mutant says:

    Hmm. I’ve never even heard of this but quite like the sound of the synopsis. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      I enjoyed it. Looked a little silly, but for a small budget film, it really wasn’t bad.

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  4. Kitty says:

    I’m too scared for horror movies
    But this one seems so interesting!

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    1. Zoë says:

      I think you should be able to watch this, even if you are not a fan of horror movies. This one doesn’t overdo the gore and stuff. Sure, there are some scenes, but unlike Hostel/Saw, you don’t need to sit through some nasty stuff for the story to progress.

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  5. abbiosbiston says:

    But no one actually danced with a toad…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      😦 Unfortunately nobody did!

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  6. Victor De Leon says:

    heard about this one but never got around to it. sounds a decent one and done flick. thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      This one is well worth a shot! Hope you enjoy it.

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