Synopsis from Anchor Bay:
Elliot (Mark Webber, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is a bright but meek social services coordinator, drowning in debt and desperate because he's about to marry the love of his life (Rutina Wesley, HBO’s “True Blood”). Upon receiving a cryptic phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks, Elliot learns he will be on his way to winning a multimillion dollar cash prize if he quickly follows through with his first two instructions: swat the fly that is currently bothering him and then eat the fly. Although thousands of dollars are suddenly appearing in his bank account, Elliot remains suspicious, though comforted by the knowledge that he can stop playing at any time if only to lose every penny that he's won. As he leaves a path of destruction behind him and runs away from the law (Ron Perlman, Hellboy), Elliot’s need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow increasingly sinister, to a devastating point of no return.
Performances from all involved were solid, but Mark Webber is really amazing as the lead providing heart and vigor to a character than is meant to represent any one of us. Ron Perlman (of everything) and Devon Graye (True Blood) both create a vision of terror balanced with sympathy for our male lead that allows 13 Sins to really take hold. It's easy to emotionally attach to Webber as Elliot which is essential to getting the maximum benefit of watching this picture though I would stress that this is all about the challenges Elliot must perform.
Extras include a commentary track with director Daniel Stamm, Mark Webber, Ron Perlman and Devon Graye. There's an alternate ending, deleted scenes, Anatomy of a Meltdown feature and a making of extra.
13 Sins asks you to look inside yourself to find out what is important to you. What do you value? How far would you go for love and financial freedom? The moral dilemma is age old and the way it is conveyed feels fresh. I strongly recommend this picture. The director of The Last Exorcism brings us another tale of terror worth enjoying.
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