Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Mark Webber, Ron Perlman, Rutina Wesley
Directed by: Daniel Stamm
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Release Date: 30 June 2014
Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber) is a meek and mild mannered salesman. After getting fired from his job because he would only sell what customers needed and could afford he receives a strange phone call telling him has been selected to take part in a game show. He needs to complete 13 tasks to receive a large cash prize and is informed that the previous winner won $6.2m. His first task for $1000 is to kill the fly in his car. He is drowning in debt and with an impending marriage to Shelby (Rutina Wesley) and baby on the way, having to look after his disabled brother and then his father, he agrees to take part.
While the tasks start off innocuous enough, killing a fly, eating the dead fly etc… the tasks start to get increasingly more dangerous and he is pushed to the limit seeing several laws being broken that will see him spend the rest of his life in prison. If he doesn’t complete a task the game ends and he loses all the money won so far and will go to jail. The only way out is to complete all thirteen tasks, win the money and the crimes committed will be erased and he will be a free man but he has to avoid the police Detective Chilcoat (Ron Perlman) who is on his tail.
Overall, I enjoyed this film immensely. It shows how even the mild and meek if desperate and greedy enough can be changed into a violent animal doing whatever it takes to get rich. The story is well written with enough twists to keep it interesting and Mark Webber is excellent in his transformation from the weak, mild mannered salesman into the dangerous, lying and murderous victim of someone’s idea of a fun gameshow.
A great film and one to watch.
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