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13 Demons (2016)
im on the fence and confused about this one
usually i don't write reviews, especially on IMDb, but this movie is just so weird for me.
the synopsis intrigued me. the trailer with one of the main characters yelling "this is not a game" intrigued me. but im stuck between "ok this was worth the watch" and "why did they think this was a good execution?" this movie is heavy on dialogue, and thankfully, the script isn't horrible. there's a part where thomas (the person who introduced the game, i don't think the other two players are named) says "demon base" which leads the other main character with long dark hair that i'll call jerry to say how he heard some demon base on a track, and it was more interesting than this game. that part was hilarious to me. i cant do it justice, but i wouldn't recommend watching the movie just to catch that one part.
the movie is under one hour and fifteen minutes, so i figured i would have no problem with it. even though the script isn't horrible, i was falling asleep halfway through the movie. it STAYS in their apartment. it stays in one room. they only show one fight/kill, which is SPOILERS what led to the death of thomas. all the other kills are done in a foggy fantasy realm. i would love to see the innocent parties reactions to being called a demon at least one other time, but maybe the budget didn't allow it.
there was also no closure. SPOILERS it ends with them at the police station. do they become themselves again? do they go to a psych ward? that is up to the imagination. no closed ending isn't the worst.
the actors did really well. i especially liked the long dark haired fellow i named jerry. seeing him playing the game and seeing him AS the character is almost like watching two different people. the transformation for all three characters took a nice, comfortable time and didn't seem rushed. but unlike death proof, which is a dialogue based movie that i love, i had to force myself to watch this very short movie to the end, and was not left satisfied.
i have the utmost respect for people who follow their dreams, especially filmmakers. kudos. regardless of the response, get your vision out. but this vision could've used some work. im not sure if it was done for a class or if it was an independent project, but i still expect more. maybe my problem lies with netflix