Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Film Review: 13/13/13 (2013)

Using the Mayan calendar it is now the 13th day of the 13th month in 2013 and all hell is about to break lose.  This is the dilemma of 13/13/13 (2013) that says that the world is on the brink of destruction as everyone not born on February 29th will go insane and kill other people or themselves.  With only a handful of people left alive to fend for themselves against a populace of insanity Jack and Candace (Trae Ireland and Erin Coker, respectfully) must escape a hospital filled with people trying to kill them in order for Jack to get back home to his daughter. 

The alliance of these two characters is due to the fact that Jack watched his ex-wife jump out of a hospital window and Candace was forced to kill her nephew who tried to kill her.  They’ll have more insanity to get through before the day is over as the whole world is coming apart at the seams.

Written and directed by James Cullen Bressack the film has an interesting concept once you get past the absurdity of the concept (only people born on Leap Year are unaffected which begs the question of cultures all over the world who go by a different calendar how they would be affected).  The other thing that drags down the film is the fact that for the most part all the action takes place in two locations – the hospital and Jack’s house (where a separate story involving Jack’s three friends driven insane are supposed to be watching his daughter).  Too much time is spent at the hospital and everything at Jack’s house drags down the rest of the film.

Having an apocalypse happen on 13/13/13 was probably a great selling point for the film but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.  For the most part Ireland does a good job with what he’s given but Coker is under developed and becomes a useless sidekick through most of the film.  The production values are actually not that bad but that is one of the few good points in an otherwise highly forgettable film.

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