’13′ U.S. Trailer: Jason Statham Bets On Your Life

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:37 am,

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It’s not often that a foreign filmmaker ends up helming an English-language remake of their original work, but that’s the case with 13 – a reworking of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning Noir tale 13 Tzameti from Georgian writer/director Géla Babluani.

An international teaser for 13 was released all the way back in November 2010 and it painted Babluani’s remake as being a chillingly bleak and nail-biting drama/thriller. Does the newly-released domestic trailer support that idea?

Unfortunately, the answer is “not really.” The domestic theatrical preview for 13 doesn’t build up suspense and tension like the previous trailer did; instead, it just sort of drops you into the film’s troubling and dark setting: a world where men participate in twisted games of Russian Roulette, in order to improve their financial status (assuming they don’t end up getting killed in the process).

Here is the official synopsis for 13:

A naive young man assumes a dead man’s identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Now check out the U.S. trailer for 13 (via Yahoo! Movies) below:


13 boasts many a familiar face for U.S. moviegoers, including Jason Statham and his Expendables costar Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone (The Departed), Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson – with Sam Riley playing Vince, the “naive young” protagonist of the film.

All in all, that’s a pretty decent collection of actors – including a handful who are known for rarely turning in a bad performance.  13 also marks one of the rare occasions where Statham fans will get to see the man not playing a deadly assassin type. Depending on your feelings about his acting abilities, that’s either a good or bad thing, though.

Babluani had a larger budget with which to tell the same story in 13 – one that could easily be a disturbing, but thrilling, allegory about people who literally profit off the survival (or death) or others (read into that what you will). However, this remake just doesn’t look like it will pack quite the unnerving punch as 13 Tzameti, in part because of said difference in production values – seeing how the original actually benefitted from its minimalistic design (re: black-and-white cinematography, simplistic audial accompaniment).

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The idea that 13 isn’t anything too special only seems to be supported by the amount of time it has spent sitting on the shelf, waiting to secure an official U.S. release date (never a good sign). Plus, there’s been little to no advanced positive buzz surrounding the project, which is also an indicator that this might not be anything great. Still, best to wait and see…


13 will arrive in U.S. theaters on October 28th, 2011.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. This should have been released at least a year ago and has been needlessly delayed. It has a stellar cast and shouldn’t go unnoticed by the public when it finally comes out.

  2. Looks and reads interestingly enough. I haven’t seen the original but, hey, having a larger budget may not be a bad thing.

    mac :]

  3. The original was wonderful. It wasn’t glamorous or expensive looking (read: hollywood) and it was well acted and directed. Very bleak. I just don’t feel that from this trailer. maybe because it’s got to many big names in it.

  4. I saw this movie 6 months ago, I thought it was a direct to DVD.

  5. I can’t wait for this to hit theaters. Looks awesome, but Nov. 2011 hasn’t happened yet so I missed that trailer, lol.

    • Yikes, sorry about that gaffe. It’s been fixed.

  6. This film was released in theaters in a couple of European countries last year.
    There was too I believe a European market Blu-ray and DVD sold as well.

    With U.S. theaters getting it on October 28th, 2011 Amazon is taking
    pre-orders for the U.S. DVD which will be available November 8th.
    The close release dates cannot inspire any confidence.

  7. Anythin with Statham in it is good

  8. I would agree with that normally, Vlad, but rumor
    is Jason does not have much screen time in this.

  9. Haven’t seen the original, but this version is more than OK as well.

    Statham is the main secondary character, but has just marginally more screentime than the rest of the second stringers (maybe like 2-3 minutes more).

  10. That’s too bad about this one, I really liked the original.

  11. jason statham is a bald dyke. he should off himself.

  12. plus mickey rourke is quoted as saying this film is “a piece of crap”