Hollywood remake of a gritty 2005 French film by the name of 13
Tzameti. Somewhat unusually it’s both written and directed by the
director of the original, Gela Babluani, but whereas 13 Tzameti
provided a singularly intense and visceral experience, particularly for
a feature debut, its reboot is found rather lacking. Despite the fact
it was filmed in colour, 13 comes across as a pale imitation of
its black and white predecessor.
Tzameti the film revolves around the underground world of Russian
roulette, where those desperate for dollars gather in various shady
locales to indulge in the potentially lethal ‘game.’ This time around
Sam Riley stars as the cash-strapped youngster who assumes the identity
of a dead man in order to take his place in the shady tournament.
Mickey Rourke and Ray Winstone co-star as two of nutjob contestants,
each trying to out-nutter the other in a loony display of one-upsmanship,
action stalwart Jason Statham appears as ‘Jasper Bigges’, a wealthy Brit
with a few quid riding on the outcome and a characteristically wooden
Fiddy Cent also puts in a turn as a badass bouncer of sorts.
entertaining enough and the majority of the performances are strong,
particularly that of Riley, best known for his stellar turn as Ian
Curtis in the Joy Division biopic Control, but the problem is it
never really feels essential, particularly when there’s a far
superior low-budget original gathering dust on the shelves of Siren HQ.
the local BD release is bare bones.