13 Hrs (2010) Review


13 Hrs – the original title doesn’t give much away and the movie all the better for it because as a result ‘the twist’ is delivered in a much more effective and satisfying way, although the clues are scattered throughout.

Obviously I don’t want to give too much away either, and if you already know about the  renaming of this movie then the end reveal will lose some of its impact. Not that destroys the movie – it doesn’t, but in this case at least, less is more.

And that’s  my only real gripe with this film.

It’s tense, and it’s not that predictable – it’s an interesting way to re-introduce an age-old monster.

Anyway, here’s the official, ever-so-slightly-edited blurb:

Sarah Tyler returns to her troubled family home in the isolated countryside, for a much put-off visit.

As the storm rages on, Sarah, her family and friends shore up for the night, cut off from the outside world. But something comes out of the driving rain and darkness. Something that holds a dark secret so devastating that, in one night, it could wipe out the entire family.

Trapped, Sarah and her brothers and friends must use their heads as well as their physical strength to survive not only the thing that is hunting them down one by one – but their own entrapment as the besieged group turns in on itself. Can they survive the horror stalking them?

Or is their enemy already amongst them and has it always been? Can they survive for 13 hours?

13 Hrs was directed by Jonathan Glendening and stars a myriad of British talent including Isabella Calthorpe (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Gemma Atkinson (Hollyoaks),  and Joshua Bowman (Holby City).

It’s not the next Blair Witch by any means and it isn’t going to progress the genre but it’s certainly worth checking out if you’re stuck for something to watch.

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