13: Game of Death (2006)

Chit is at the end of his rope after losing his job while the bills continue to pile up. Opportunity arrives in the form of a mysterious phone call that offers him the chance to win $1M if he can complete 13 challenges. For each one he completes, a larger sum of money will be deposited into his bank account, but failure at any single task will end the game immediately and remove the funds. How far will Chit be willing to go to win the $1M and change his life forever? The answer is, pretty far. The tasks begin simply enough with Chit having to kill and eat a fly; two challenges down, and quick cash. His next objectives quickly turn to violence, cruelty, and worse as he progresses forward. 13: GAME OF DEATH is beautifully shot, smartly written, and wickedly funny. Terrence has such an unconventional look that makes him recognizable and relatable as an average, everyday working man. The sad and pathetic plight he finds himself in allows the audience to identify with the character even throughout his deplorable acts. There are admittedly several shocking gross out moments in the script which may turn some viewers off, but the absurdity of the scenes in the context of the film makes them easier to accept. The plot itself often feels like a cross between SAW and THE TRUMAN SHOW, though it has its own clear and distinctive voice. While it may not be the typical Horror film in the traditional sense, it is filled with equal parts suspense and dark humor, which make it enjoyable for a larger audience. I love this film. I think it is hilarious and enjoyed it just as much on the second watch through, so it comes highly recommended!

Rating: 8/10.

4 comments:

  1. Never heard of this! Sounds great, gonna check it out. Cool man, thanks!

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  2. I hope you do before the inevitable remake, it is a very cool flick!

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  3. At first I thought this was a different French film called 13 Tzameti, which is being remade. At first, the premise sounded close, but then not really as you continued to describe it. I'll have to check it out though. I have a sick sense of humor.

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  4. I originally confused them for being the same film as well Becks, but this one is out of Thailand

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