When you laugh throughout a horror movie and can predict the ending fifteen minutes into the film it no longer fits the genre of horror (unless you mean “horrible movie”). 13 Seconds (2003) is exactly that. There’s no fun or enjoyment anywhere, only a painful attempt at a horror film.
First and foremost, there is the problem of sound. Though the movie was made in English, it had the sound quality of an old dubbed film. I know it can be difficult to match up sound with movements, but the technology we had even in 2003 was more than adequate. This movie, throughout its entirety, is off with its sounding. You could even say the word before it was said, which is very distracting from the overall experience.
This movie also is extremely clichéd and full of overplayed angst. Though it tried to be clever in its ending, it failed, adding itself to the long list of predicable and unimaginative movies. The acting was mediocre at best; it seemed like the actors did not really care about what they were doing. Which is astounding, considering most of the main cast made their debut with this film.
This film had a lot of potential to be a psychological thriller/horror. It’s too bad Jeff Thomas (the director) and actors didn’t tap into it. 13 Seconds is rated R for horror, violence/gore, language and some drug content. However, no one should give 13 seconds of there time to watch a truly “horrible” movie.
For more information, check out imdb.com. If you just can’t resist seeing this movie, check your local library (Genesee County Library), your local Blockbuster or other movie rental facility, or if you really want to own a copy (maybe for a good laugh), copies are available at Amazon.com.