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Here we go, second film of the four on Saturday, 13 Sins, '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.' I was excited by this film to start with, I love games in horror films, like The Game and Would You Rather, they seem to really get my horror blood going. I just really love a good twist and a chase. Sounds like some type of relationship.. ha!
13 Sins was a nice surprise to be fair. A very nice one. I bought the DVD from a poundshop, and I had never ever heard of it, so, I kind of wasn't expecting much from it, and it had a fairly big actor as the main character; none other than Hellboy! Ron Perlman! I have always liked him, always thought he had a very likeable face. And I liked Hellboy so... Butttt, I think this outdid Hellboy for sure. This is a good film. Like a very enjoyable film.
One thing I thought when it first started though, was that it would never happen to me, well, not by phone anyway. The gameshow host rings people up on their mobiles, and obviously they answer, and bam, it starts. I hate talking on the phone to start with, let alone answering the phone to unknown numbers - smart cookie, me. And you thought cold callers were the main things to hate about the phone...
The host rings up, and asks the person to do something for a certain amount of money, with the tasks getting more and more awful and the money getting higher. Without giving too much about the film away, one of the tasks Michael is told to do is to make a child cry, now, how would you do it? I'll leave you be just to think of it... Okay, had a think? Good. I had a think and I would do it, (I'm not saying I would, but y'know..), I would do it by just walking into the child and knocking them over. Cruel, but it looks accidental and no one is really hurt, maybe a grazed need and that's it. How does Michael do it? He tells a little girl her mum doesn't love her and then is wanted as a paedophile.. Good going there, Michael..
Obviously, none of that ruined the movie, actually, it made me and my friend debate how we would do it, it got our brains going and that is never a bad thing. We discussed a lot of this film to be fair, like how we would do things and was that an Emu or an Ostrich?! Let me explain, in one scene, it is said that Michael swapped a homeless mans clothes for an ostrich; 1) where did he get one from, seconds before he had just come out of church?! And 2) me, my friend amd my dad could not work out of it was an Ostrich or an Emu, I thought Emu, friend thought Ostrich and dad really wasn't sure.
Still one of the worlds little mysteries...
Now, as people may have seen from all the pushing I have done for this and some other recent reviews, I didn't watch this alone and nor will this review just have my say. Aren't you lucky! My friend Lauren watched this with me, and this was hands down her favourite film that we watched that day. I asked Lauren for her thoughts on the film, and she did not let me down!
As I mentioned before, 13 Sins was her favourite out of the four films, "For the simple reason that it had a good storyline, (see!), good actors and a good ending - which might I add, I didn't see coming, (again, SEE.) I love game show horror films, such as Would You Rather and The Task, (you can see why we are such good films from these film choices..), I feel as though they gave a lot more of a thrill factor to them and give you a lot of aadrenaline as the watcher. You find yourself asking questions such as "are they going to do it?" or "is he going to live or die?" or even "would he really risk it all?".
I felt sorry for Michael. Honestly, I wouldn't have wanted to be in his situation. Losing his job, having a fiancé soon to be wife, a wedding to plan, a disabled brother to look after and an elderly (slightly crazy) father.
You could tell when this guy got the creepy phone call offering a very substantial amount of money for swatting and eating a dead fly he was going to do it.
13 Sins definitely has a moral behind it though. And not even a scary one. I think it shows how serious an addiction can get. Whether in this case it be gambling, gaming, betting. I think it's trying to portray to the audience an message of how serious of an impact the aftermath of a serious addiction can do to you, as well as other people around you.
The film shows both sides to this story. A man trying to get money to pay for his family, as well as showing the affect of what could happen if you try to fix things the wrong way with greed and moneybags for eyes.
Overall, without trying to give too much of the story line away.. I very much enjoyed this film. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a horror and partly gory film with a good story line." See, she did not let me down.
Looking back at 13 Sins, I would definitely say it's a pretty underrated movie, the whole film is entertaining and keeps you on your toes. There are some stupid parts, like how he does the tasks in the most difficult ways he could, but it has some charm. The gore is good, the twists are good, and the ending ties it all together - the ending is very well thought out to be fair.
Like, I always say an ending can ruin a movie, this ending ties it together, like a nice, bloody and covered in guts, bow. I won't mention it as I really really would not want to spoil it, and this review is already long.. But I'm just going to say it's good, unless you're my mum... She hates cliffhangers and this one kind of leaves a little one... I've said too much! Go watch it! I got it for a pound, you can too! Bargain!
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..