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Vince Ferro is a man in desperate circumstances. While on a quick fix-it job, he steals an envelope containing instructions for a mysterious job that promises a potential fortune. He assumes a false identity and follows the instructions, only to find himself a numbered participant in an underworld Russian roulette competition, where gamblers place bets on who'll survive when the trigger is pulled. The stakes are high, but the payout is more than he can resist. Many are competing for the first time, and a precious few have even returned to play again, but are his odds any better than other… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Géla Babluani's English-language remake of his French debut loses the source's gritty, mysterious gloom."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Making a film about the cutthroat world of Russian Roulette is a little like making a gambling thriller about the card game War."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"The anticlimactic final half hour, which is capped off with an oddly (and needless) downbeat finish, cements the film's place as a curiously half-baked piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This is a lumpy, dumb, suspenseless thing that sometimes scarcely feels finished."
‑ Alison Willmore, Movieline
""13'' is Gela Babluani's American remake of his successful 2005 Georgian-language film "13 Tzameti.'' He should have left well enough alone."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A starry cast and glossier production values simply work against the black-and-white original's strengths in this stillborn thriller."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A one-trick movie, with prefab suspense but also prefab plotting to undercut said suspense."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"It's not quite the disastrous remake it could've been; however, by changing so little, Babluani has made the same mistakes all over again."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"A tense, paranoid nightmare with a chilly metaphysical overview has been trampled into a blustering, bad cartoon."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Aside from some character-defining flashbacks, a godawful score and sweat-enhancing color photography, it's the same movie as before -- a divertingly tense yet superficial time-waster."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Despite a big, Hollywood budget allowing for a more grisly and more graphic, high attrition-rate adventure, this disappointing remake somehow still adds up to less. Rent the original."
‑ Kam Williams, AALBC.com
"Reinforces the popular notion that remakes are essentially low-reaching affairs that result from a lack of ideas."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
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