XIII: The Conspiracy (2008)
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 Sam (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Colonel Amos (2 episodes, 2008)
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 General Carrington (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Jones (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Calvin Wax (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Wally Sheridan (2 episodes, 2008)
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 President Galbrain (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Kim Rowland (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Sally Sheridan (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Abe Miller (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Martha Miller (2 episodes, 2008)
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 La Mangouste (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Malick (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Agent Kohn (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Roger Deakins (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Warren Glass (2 episodes, 2008)
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 T.A. (2 episodes, 2008)
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 NSA Coroner (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Mr. Cody (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Bethesda Bystander (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Dr. Kimmler (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Debate Moderator (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Homeland Security Agent (2 episodes, 2008)
Roland Rothchild ...
 Homeland Security Agent (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Norman Ryder (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Ellery Shipley (2 episodes, 2008)
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 XX (2 episodes, 2008)
Peter James Haworth ...
 Jasper Winthrow (2 episodes, 2008)
Patrick Hayes ...
 Policier Bethesda (2 episodes, 2008)
J.C. Kenny ...
 Journaliste Arlington (2 episodes, 2008)
Donna Skelly ...
 Newscaster (2 episodes, 2008)
Scott Wickware ...
 Agent McCall (2 episodes, 2008)
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 White House Aide (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Cabbie (2 episodes, 2008)
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The first female US President Sally Sheridan is shot dead by a sniper during her Veterans Day speech. Her assassin narrowly escapes the scene with his life, national security hot on his heels - or so it seems. Three months later, an elderly couple discover the body of a wounded man in a tree, wearing a parachute. The young man (Dorff) cannot remember the slightest thing about his own identity. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck, "XIII". Meanwhile, in the Whitehouse, government intelligence is still conducting the search for the President's killer. With the elections just weeks away, a confirmed suspect could swing the vote for the administration. Hours after XIII's location is picked up by covert intelligence, elite special ops forces are swarming the couple's house in Cape Fear. Running on adrenaline and instinct, XIII tactically takes out the soldiers one by one. On the run, clinging to one desperate clue after another, XIII begins to piece back his life, fragments of his memory ... Written by Anonymous

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The name Deacon appears once in each episode, first in the name Roger Deacon, a witness in a police report in episode 1, and then in episode 2 as "Deacon Chemical", one of co-conspirator Jasper Winthrow's companies. Deacon Frost was the name of Stephen Dorff's character from the movie Blade (1998), which is arguably his most well-known role. See more »

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When they discuss the shootout in the garage they state that the broken glass is from a 1996-2002 GM, then show a 1977-1990 B Body Chevy Impala/Caprice. See more »

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A typical TV mini-series
23 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The quality of this should be expected. For a TV mini-series, it's not terrible, but it's not that great either.

The Jason Bourne comparisons are warranted, as we open with an event, and then a trained assassin is found with no knowledge of who he is, or how he got to where he was dumped.

Then follows a bunch of action, a lot of discovery, and some pretty unbelievable set ups & sequences.

I'm just amazed at how bad Stephen Dorff is as an actor. I really enjoyed him in Blade, and I liked him in a few other movies that I saw after that. In this, he's just plain bad. He says all of his lines in a strained manner, as if he's trying to show that he's just a general bad ass. I couldn't grasp why he was trying so hard to prove that he's a tough guy. If you want to compare Bourne to this, Damon plays Bourne with restraint. He doesn't need to prove he's a bad ass by speaking. His actions do that. Dorff shows no remorse for anything he does. In this type of movie, we have to believe that Dorff's character wants to really find out what happened to him, but because of the way he delivers his lines, it's almost as if he doesn't really care, he just wants to kill anyone involved in putting him in these situations.

I had to remind myself continually that this is a made for TV mini-series, which is credit to the cinematographer, and the director. Most of the action sequences are pretty intense, and not campy. The hand to hand combat scenes are especially crisp, and were a highlight for me.

There were still many sequences of events that were just terrible, and didn't fit any sort of realistic time line, Dorff recovers from major injuries in record time, people travel massive distances in 30 minutes as if they were telaported there. Again, it's TV so I can suspend my disbelief a little for these types of things.

One major plus is Catrina Murino as Sam. She is GORGEOUS and worth watching. I couldn't take my eyes off her every time she was on the screen. I wish they would have done more with her character, and I really hope to see more of her in upcoming movies. Her acting was also very believable, even though there's no way someone that good looking just lives in New York as a resident, and isn't a model or celebrity. I remember her from Casino Royale, and she did well there also.

Val Kilmer also does a pretty good job in his role. He's more of a complimentary player in this movie. He's generally ominous as the bad commander, and it's a pretty believable turn.

If you have nothing better to do but watch a fun little mini-series, I would say go for it, but I can't recommend you go out of your way to find this thing, as there's nothing special to report.


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