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13 Sins Blu-ray Review

13 Sins Blu-ray

“13 Sins” is nothing you haven’t seen before.

The plot: Elliot’s life is falling apart. Not only was he fired from his job, but he’s in a mountain of debt, has to support his mentally disabled brother in order to keep him from being sent away, has a girlfriend who is with child, and has to begrudgingly have his broke, racist elderly father live with him and his girlfriend. Elliot gets a chance to turn his life around, however, when he receives a phone call to be a contestant on an apparent game show. The game? To perform 13 challenges that a faceless game host on the phone dishes out. If Elliot is able to complete all 13 challenges, he wins a major cash prize. If he can’t, he doesn’t win a cent. Unfortunately for Elliot, this is no harmless game as he soon discovers that each challenge become increasingly more dangerous and extreme. There’s also a key subplot involving a Police Detective (played by Ron Perlman) who is investigating Elliot’s crimes as well as the game itself.

If you’re hoping that “13 Sins” is a breath of fresh air, you’ll likely be disappointed. The film is very reminiscent of motion pictures such as “Saw,” “The Game,” “12 Rounds,” and the recently released “Cheap Thrills” in which characters are put through the ringer to perform dangerous games that spiral out of control. In other words, you’ve seen it all before. Granted, it’s not uncommon to see films that are highly reminiscent of others, but it’s clear that “13 Sins” is riding on the coattails of other flicks.

With all of that said, the movie is still watchable. ‘Sins’ does a fine job of hooking the viewers in to seeing what challenge Elliot will do next. Yes, the movie falls apart with the ludicrous multiple twist endings and Elliot’s idiotic character actions, but the story’s sense of urgency and the all too relevant themes about humanity and greed work reasonably well all things considered.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This hi-def transfer is sharp.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the ringing cell phone to the dialogue, this audio track is effective.

Extras:
* A deleted sequence and an alternate ending.
* The Weinstein Company/Radius TWC trailers.
* “Anatomy Of A Meltdown”- Footage of writer David Birke having a passionate rant in a video conference call. What an odd extra.
* “The Making Of 13 Sins” contains set footage, cast and crew interviews, and discussions about the story.

* A rather bland commentary by Daniel Stamm, Mark Webber, Ron Perlman and Devon Grave. Perlman, of course, has the best moments.

May 27, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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