Thirteen is an interesting little film. It’s an an English-language remake of the 2005 French film 13 Tzameti. It was written and directed by Géla Babluani, who also wrote and directed the original film. And that, is where the main problem lies.
I’m not necessarily a fan of American remakes or top foreign language films, but have seen Babluani’s original 13 Tzameti I was hoping for something based on the original, not a scene by scene remake. Especially when Ray Winstone, Micky Rourke and Jason Statham are cast in it. I was essentially expecting an American, action based remake, though I was never sure how this could be done.
In the end, the remake feels a little sterile with the only delight coming from Ray Winstone who is absolutely fantastic in his role as a partially unwilling contestant. Sadly, my main reason for wanting to see the film; Jason Statham is like a fish out of water in this sedately paced thriller.
If you’ve not seen the original, then Thirteen is a wild ride, with a few twists but not the kind of pace you’re probably expecting.
If you have seen the original, then there’s not a lot here for you. The surprises and shock of the story will be familiar ground, and for the most, the new cast won’t do anything to make it worth watching.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read