Darkly comic and occasionally very gory, this remake of 2006 Thai horror thriller 13: Game of Death plunges Mark Webber’s cash-strapped salesman into a fiendishly grisly game after a mystery caller offers him increasing sums of money for completing 13 tasks. The initial assignments – killing a fly and then eating it are the first two – are bizarrely petty, but the tasks become more and more gruesome as the game advances.
The macabre premise of 13 Sins quickly grabs our attention and things then move with such remorseless pace that there’s barely time to question the story’s logic. Fortunately, Webber’s hapless protagonist hangs on to his essential decency throughout his ordeal, which means we’re rooting for him to survive.
Certificate 15. Runtime 88 mins. Director Daniel Stamm
13 Sins is showing tonight on Sky Movies Premiere at 12.30am and is available on DVD & Blu-ray from Entertainment One.
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