A "Saw" knockoff without the torture porn, "13 Sins" features a Jigsaw-like master of ceremonies who calls up desperate participants and entices them with cash rewards for the completion of 13 tasks with varying degrees of severity.
Downtrodden insurance salesman Elliot (
So dire are Elliot's circumstances that no one knows if the film's schadenfreude is to be taken at face value or as an elaborate joke. While some of the tasks do indeed evoke the "Saw" franchise, others recall "Weekend at Bernie's," "Jackass" and
"13 Sins" is adapted from Chookiat Sakveerakul's 2006 Thai film "13: Game of Death," and the transition from Bangkok to New Orleans isn't smooth. Unlike the original, the adapted screenplay co-written by David Birke and director Daniel Stamm (
"13 Sins." MPAA rating: R for violence, bloody images and language. Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes. At