Now here’s something interesting.
Below is the trailer for 13. It’s a remake of relatively well-received 13 Tzameti, the French film made by Georgian (the one in Eurasia, not the one down south) director Géla Babluani — who also directed this American remake. Weird, eh?
What’s weirder is the cast, which is actually pretty damn impressive — Jason Statham, Sam Riley, Ray Winstone, Mickey Rourke, Natasha Lyonne, Ben Gazzara, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Michael Shannon. Oh, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson — I guess Babaluani ran out of actors or something.
More interesting is the plot:
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.
Basically a group of desperate men engage in a fucked up version of Russian Roulette. It sounds interesting. Except that apparently it’s fucking awful. It’s opening next month in LA and New York, and then whoosh! Off to DVD land. Yeah. And that’s assuming it can find a distributor. Even more amusing is that Mickey Rourke, who, mind you, has been in some pretty lousy movies (Passion Play anyone?) has said that the movie is terrible. Here’s his exchange in a recent interview with Vulture:
Vulture: You [and 50 Cent] are in a movie together, right?
Rourke: A really bad movie, yeah.
Vulture: What?! Is it out?
Rourke: No, it’s so bad it can’t get out.
Vulture: Tell me why you made it.
Rourke: For the money.
Vulture: But you think the movie’s bad.
Rourke: You have to watch it.
You have to admire his candor. Either that, or it’s some crazy reverse psychology shit, and knowing my fascination with shitty movies, it’s probably going to work on me. Damn your leathery ass, Rourke.
Watch the damn trailer:
(h/t: Ropes of Silicon)