Recently, I got the chance to sit down and watch Daniel Stamm’s 13 Sins and it was more than I could have expected. I went in with pretty high hopes, but within the first twenty minutes, I was engrossed in the plot and characters.
Mark Webber does an incredible job as Elliot Brindle, a sort of doormat who lets life get the best of him, day after day. When he is let go from his job, it seems like everything that can go wrong, does… until his phone rings. Elliot is presented with a game of sorts with 13 tasks he needs to complete. Once each task is finished, he will receive a payment, unless he fails to complete all 13. Then his winnings will be taken away. The challenges start off mundane and simple, but nothing is free, right? Struggling with his own morality and attempting to keep his personal life separate from the game get more difficult, as time passes. When the police get involved, Detective Chilcoat (Ron Perlman) takes interest in the case and is hot on Elliot’s tail.
With so many paths crossing in the film, it’s hard to tell who is playing their own game, which adds to the fun that this movie offers. David Birke and Daniel Stamm did wonderfully with the script and bringing the madness out on the screen.
13 Sins reminded me a little bit of Would You Rather? because it makes the viewer uncomfortable and often tests their own morals. This is a solid film with a lot going on. Some of which might warrant a second viewing and that makes it all the more appealing to me. I love films that give you more than you bargained for… and this is definitely one of them.
I recommend checking it out. It’s available now on Netflix streaming. I personally give this film 4 phone calls out of 5.