13 (2011) – By Brian Morton

When I first saw this DVD, I have to admit to being somewhat skeptical that you could make an interesting movie about Russian roulette. Well, I have to admit to being wrong…this is the first Russian Roulette movie that, while not being fast paced, is one of the most intense viewing experiences I’ve had in a long time.

A young handy man overhears a man he’s working for talking about making a lot of money quickly. He’s interested in this because his father’s in the hospital and doesn’t have any insurance, something that’s clearly devastating the family financially. The quick money seems to be tied to a strange envelope, and, when the man dies, our handy man steals the envelope and takes his place, aiming to make the money fast to help his family. What he doesn’t count on is stumbling into one of the strangest tournaments ever! Rich men have gathered other men to play Russian roulette and they’ll bet on the winners.

Now, this might sound like a bit of a bore, but writer/director Gela Babluani has put together a sharp, tense atmosphere that will draw you in and really make you feel invested with our young hero, and when the group is gathered with guns pointed at each other, the tension will have you on the edge of your seat! And, there’s an ending that will have you screaming at your TV screen…trust me, I was!

I’m giving 13 4 out of 4 cigars, any movie that can look so uninteresting and turn out so riveting deserves a place on your video shelf! You can aim this little jewel at your own eyes by heading over to http://www.anchorbayent.com.