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"13 Sins" Reals You In

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 12:01 AM CDT

One of the Midnighters that opened SXSW is 13 Sins, with Ron Pearlson in attendance. 13 Sins leaves you on the edge of your seat from beginning until end. The plot reminds of of Drafthouse Films' Cheap Thrills, but is far superior with twists and turns that you don't expect. Written by David Birke and Daniel Stamm, it is smart and edgy.

Eliot Brindle (Snow Day's Mark Webber) is a salesman that's not doing so well. He is about to get married to the girl of his dreams, but he's in a lot of debt. He receives a phone call that tells him that he's on a game show with a hidden camera. If he carries out 13 tasks, he will receive over $6 million. With every task he performs, several thousands of dollars show up in his bank account. Each task gets deadlier, with one where he has to kill someone in his family. What he finds out is that his brother is going through the same tasks, which end up affecting him and could become fatal.

There has been a lot of similar plots over the years starting with Saw (2004). Next came Identity, Eagle Eye, The Box, but I do believe this is a little different. It's like playing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with a knife in your back with a blanket or sinister creepiness over the film.     

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

"13 Sins" Reals You In


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