Good, Bad & Ugly Review: 13 Sins

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56% (Critics) / 49% (Audience)
Directed By: Daniel Stamm
Written By: Daniel Stamm and David Birke
Starring: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Rutina Wesley and Ron Perlman
Studio: Radius-TWC

Synopsis: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. – (Source)

The Good:
The scenes where Elliot starts to enjoy the levels of depravity he is descending to are fun to watch. Ron Perlman is of course a welcome addition to the film too because he makes everything better.
And some of the sinful scenes are shot extremely well especially the one where Elliot reunites with a former grade school tormenter and another one later in the movie involving a group of scooter riders.

The Bad:
There is never enough information provided to explain the group behind the game and just how they were able to appear so omnipresent. There is a distinct hint of the supernatural in this film but they never make the decision to fully go there and the movie suffers for it.

The Ugly
Elliot’s dad was such an unlikable dick that he bordered on being a caricature. A little shade of grey would have been nice instead of the full blown asshole character we were given.

Final Verdict: A movie that features some memorable set pieces and fun moments with its very game cast but never really commits to the depravity that is hinted at or delivers any answers satisfying enough to support the intriguing premise.

Grade: C+

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