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'13' [Blu ray]
(Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), Ray Winstone, Sam Riley, et al / DVD / R / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: A na´ve young man assumes a dead man's identity in order to join a underworld game of Russian Roulette. The stakes are high, but the payout is more than he can resist. His only collateral is his life and however long his luck can hold. Are his odds any better than any other player in this most deadly game?

DVD Verdict: After an impulse decision to steal a man's identity, Vince (Riley) becomes a contestant in a game of Russian roulette. As you do, I guess! Anyway, if you can further suspend your belief in the "seriously" factors on show here (which, trust me, you have to do for the ENTIRE movie, of course!), '13' is actually a decent little flick.

Once in the game, and with the chilling words spoken of "All players, eyes on the bulb, when it lights up you shoot,", the story unfolds by revealing their prize. For, the last man standing, literally gets a million dollars in cash! The losers, well, they all die, of course!

Sure, it's nothing we've not seen before in the movies, nothing original in its concept, but with a stellar cast just watching Statham (smartly dressed in a three-piece suit, his gun tucked gently into the back of his pants, under his long coat) and Winstone (complete with harrowed look throughout) loudly act out is worth the price of admission alone!

Set in a huge, sprawling mansion estate, the contestants wear numbered black tshirts. Watching each man raise his gun, loaded with one bullet above their heads before turning in a large circle on each other to aim said guns at the persons head in front of them is beyond nerve-racking ... for us, let alone them!

The tension is incredible and so well orchestrated by the director and writer combined. Sure the beginning is a little slow, but when the game starts it really picks up and gets running! But beware, there are some sickly disturbing scenes along the way! And so, yes, overall, '13' is an entertaining movie that is worth watching - if for no other reason then morbid curiosity and/or a love for all-things Statham! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.