13 Sins

Ugh! Sick this week so just a brief post. 13 Sins is currently available on instant Netflix

13 Sins

 

13 Sins (2014) – Rated R

A man agrees to appear on a game show with a $6 million prize. But as the challenges become more extreme, he realizes he’s made a grave mistake.

There are some good ideas here and a nice hook but the screenplay definitely needed more work. As with most ‘original’ ideas, several similar films arrived at about the same time. Cheap Thrills and Would You Rather? come to mind. I have not seen them (just their trailers) and I would have to suggest trying one of them or perhaps the Thai original, 13: Game of Death.

13 Sins is amusing but you will be rolling your eyes throughout much of it. They don’t play up the dark humor enough for it to be a comedy but between funny moments and eye-rolling ones, most suspense is killed.

Performances are fine for this level of film. It is nice to see Rutina Wesley in something besides True Blood (especially now that that series has finally received a stake to the heart). Mark Webber carries the film but doesn’t transform it. The creepy Pruitt Taylor Vince (Identity, True Blood) puts in an appearance as does genre stalwart Ron Perlman though neither add much to the picture.

13 Sins isn’t bad, it is a passable waste of an hour and a half. I just suspect that one of the other films covering this subject is bound to be better.

 

New Netflix Streaming Releases for the Week of 7/15/14

Mostly documentaries but there are a few other choices

Homefront

Action/Adventure: Homefront, Sleeping Beauty, The Power of Few

Alan Partridge

Comedy: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Hitch

Documentary: 7/7 One Day in London, Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World, I Am Divine, Insane Fight Club, Judith Kerr: Hitler The Tiger and Me, Sharks of the Mediterranean, The Truth About Webcam Girls, Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline, Wikileaks: War Lies and Videotape, Maidentrip, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, The Secret

Drama: Woman’s Lake, The Immigrant, The Master, The Saratov Approach

Foreign: Free Fall, A Map for a Talk, Special ID

Television: Crime Secrets of…, Dead Famous DNA, Fighting on the Frontline, Frisky Business and new episodes of Max Steel and Hemlock Grove

Out of the Furnace

Thriller: Out of the Furnace, 13 Sins