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11.05.2008

Hollywood has a bad habit of taking European films with an artful bend, and transmorgifullifying them into middle-of-the-road schlock, perfect for the throngs of movie goers that made BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUAH number one for like a gabizillion weeks. I keep my head and shoulders knees and toes crossed that the planned remake of 13 TZAMETI, to be called simply 13, will not suffer from the aforementioned syndrome.

Thankfully, my concerns are slowly being aleviated, first with the news that film's original director, Gela Babluani is on board to direct, then that Sam Riley was cast in the lead with Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, and Fiddy Cent joining him. I think it's safe to say that I'm officially excited for this film, after learning that Ray Winstone and Ray Liotta have just been added to the cast, playing a competitor and a cop respectively.

For those of you that haven't seen the original, which won a special jury prize at Sundance a few years back, just know that it's dark, it's moody, it's oozes style and people get shot--a lot. The rest is on you.
Extra Tidbit: The film has yet to receive a domestic distribution deal.
Source: Variety

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7:02AM on 11/06/2008
No. Like with any twist. If you know it, you're just gonna spend the whole movie waiting for it to come. And even though this is not a full on twist perse, I think it's still better not to know.

I'm a Tzameti fan from the start. Here in Holland it only played in one small arthouse theater in Amsterdam. I went there and saw it.
In regards to what the first poster said; if the remake is good, fine. But I will bet my heart that it will not be as good let alone better than the original. MFDave
No. Like with any twist. If you know it, you're just gonna spend the whole movie waiting for it to come. And even though this is not a full on twist perse, I think it's still better not to know.

I'm a Tzameti fan from the start. Here in Holland it only played in one small arthouse theater in Amsterdam. I went there and saw it.
In regards to what the first poster said; if the remake is good, fine. But I will bet my heart that it will not be as good let alone better than the original. MFDave nailed one of the reasons as to why. It's never gonna be the same with well known actors. But it could be fun though.
Oh and I love Infernal Affairs but The Departed is the better movie.
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1:22AM on 11/06/2008
I love how when the original came out, everyone was talking about what a cool concept it was, but now that a remake's under development, the plot's being treated like some giant secret. Don't you think people would be MORE interested in the film if they knew what it was about?
I love how when the original came out, everyone was talking about what a cool concept it was, but now that a remake's under development, the plot's being treated like some giant secret. Don't you think people would be MORE interested in the film if they knew what it was about?
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9:11PM on 11/05/2008
Also in regards to the Extra Tidbit. The video store I used to work for had 13 Tzameti when it came out on DVD. And we didn't have to special order it, it was in our American distributor catalog.
Also in regards to the Extra Tidbit. The video store I used to work for had 13 Tzameti when it came out on DVD. And we didn't have to special order it, it was in our American distributor catalog.
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9:09PM on 11/05/2008
While I'm happy Gela Babluani is going to be doing his own remake, I have a real huge concern. Part of the suspense and simplicity of the original was that you really didn't know anything about the contestants (aside from a couple remarks about them) and also that there wasn't a huge amount of dialog. Looking at the star power of this new cast, I have a hard time believing they're just gonna have them show up and just be there on camera and barely talk. I'm worried there will be contrived
While I'm happy Gela Babluani is going to be doing his own remake, I have a real huge concern. Part of the suspense and simplicity of the original was that you really didn't know anything about the contestants (aside from a couple remarks about them) and also that there wasn't a huge amount of dialog. Looking at the star power of this new cast, I have a hard time believing they're just gonna have them show up and just be there on camera and barely talk. I'm worried there will be contrived background stories added and unnecessary dialog. I would much rather see Gela do another movie and get a really nice budget than do a remake that I'm sure the studio is going to fuck with.
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7:10PM on 11/05/2008

I'LL SEE THE ORIGINAL FIRST

sounds intersting, looking forward to it.
sounds intersting, looking forward to it.
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3:00PM on 11/05/2008
Rappers cannot act, well new rappers cannot act. Watching Max Payne, it seemed like Ludacris wasn't even necessary, and 50 cent cannot act for shit. I have a feeling this movie will bomb, one reason 50 cent is casted.
Rappers cannot act, well new rappers cannot act. Watching Max Payne, it seemed like Ludacris wasn't even necessary, and 50 cent cannot act for shit. I have a feeling this movie will bomb, one reason 50 cent is casted.
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12:30PM on 11/05/2008
I loved the original, save for the mind numbingly lazy ending. I think this remake is an awful idea.
I loved the original, save for the mind numbingly lazy ending. I think this remake is an awful idea.
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10:31AM on 11/05/2008
I haven't seen 13 Tzameti, but this has a 'The Departed' kind of vibe, with the remake of a liked movie, the bashing, and all. The Departed turned out pretty great, so I would wait to see how this develops.
I haven't seen 13 Tzameti, but this has a 'The Departed' kind of vibe, with the remake of a liked movie, the bashing, and all. The Departed turned out pretty great, so I would wait to see how this develops.
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