The horror thriller "13 Sins" is about the internal struggle between doing what’s right and doing what makes money — and it’s a struggle that the filmmakers ultimately lose.
Elliott (Mark Webber) is a down-on-his-luck salesman who’s deep in debt and responsible for a racist father (Tom Bower) in a nursing home, a mentally impaired brother (Devon Graye) and a fiancée (Rutina Wesley, from "True Blood") with a baby on the way. Elliott receives a mysterious phone call, inviting him to perform challenges for cash — with the dollar amounts increasing with the severity and illegality of the challenges.
Opens Friday, May 9, at the Tower Theatre; rated R for violence, bloody images and language; 88 minutes.
Webber is engaging as Elliott, showing his quick thinking to fulfill each challenge while causing minimal mayhem. But director David Stamm ("The Last Exorcism"), remaking a Thai thriller, can’t resist goosing the audience with increasing carnage and unnecessary gore that undermines the nerve-rattling premise.
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