The 2:13 Story
A police profiler (Mark Thompson) has just returned from psychiatric leave only to find that he is caught up in a serial killer's rampage. Fighting to keep buried the trauma of his childhood, he must confront the all too-familiar flesh masks that the killer leaves on the faces of his victims. He must face his own demons along with the killer to save his small eroding existence.
Many times, independent thrillers tend to concentrate on the look and style of the film, and completely overlook the talent and performances. 2:13 brings together an ensemble cast that rivals most major motion pictures, and delivers in each performance.
IMBD Review of 2:13
Unbelievable goofs, but somewhat enjoyable
I'm not exactly sure why I picked this from all the Netflix horror movies, I had never heard of it and the cast looked unknown (with the exception of Kevin Pollak). Sometimes these turn out quite good, but this one didn't really. It was somewhat enjoyable thriller, but there are goofs and stylistic choices that drop the score (a lot).
I'm gonna go straight to the bad stuff. The script and what you'll see on screen don't really match. There are flashbacks of events that seem to happen somewhere between 50s and 70s. The style of this movie looks as if it's from the 90s. Yet the movie is made just a few years ago, so you're not really sure when it takes place. People appearing in the flashbacks and current time age differently. Two people, who are younger and older in flashbacks, appear the other way around in current time. So it's really confusing, I don't know what they were thinking, it's mind boggling. Some people don't seem to have aged at all in a good 20-40 years.
The movie has a big 90's vibe to it, saturated colors, filters, TV series style lighting. Even the cast looks 90's. Kind of like a bigger budget porn movie. Quite weird comparison, but that's what I was thinking a few times. The cast looks like they'd be on a reality show rather than being believable cops - or something, there was something lackluster and even campy in the styling. There's also a strong L.A. feel to it - in a bad way. Kind of like the "Melrose Place" cast had a get together and they made a serial killer movie.
All of the above aside, the story is somewhat gripping and the acting is quite good. Camera work is OK, editing is OK.
People have been mentioning movies like Seven, Silence of the Lambs in their reviews. There is a serial killer, but these movies have absolutely nothing in common apart from that. This could be an extended episode of any cop/crime series from L.A. It's not really horror, there's a few gory scenes, but other than that it's your common crime series stuff.
I'm giving three, because something kept me watching and even enjoying a bit. I'm still not quite sure why I kept watching.
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Reviews of 2:13 on DVD
Michelle O **
September 24, 2014
Besides the fact I knew who the killer was immediately after he was first shown.. It was all right.
Love M **
June 18, 2013
Supposedly a convoluted plot that's revealed in the beginning. Perfectly acted, poorly executed!
Amy R ***
September 30, 2012
Willfully derivative of Silence of the Lambs, Seven, etc., the main selling point of this movie is how gleefully it immerses itself in every silly, exploitative hollywood cliche about psychoanalysis and psychopathy. Every killer has a trauma in his past (involving his mother, natch); every shrink sees the Truth of your soul after one revelatory conversation; hypnosis is easy, quick, and perfectly revealing; sexual violence is the inevitable result of castration anxiety... Ridiculous but thoroughly entertaining, though I could have done with less torture porn.
David L ** 1/2
June 30, 2012
5/5 for the advertising ploy in saying that it was a blend of 'Saw' and 'Seven', just a pity that was a total lie! It was more like a souped up version of Columbo whereby we followed a hagged looking, chain smoking, alcoholic detective as he goes about his super sleuthing. Unlike Columbo, you don't find out who the culprit is at the start of proceedings, but it wasn't difficult to guess who this was anyway I.e. the only person in the film who wasn't a member of the police force! It was like watching in fast forward, but just a pity that that didn't mean I was able to reach the end quicker. To it's credit, it did have a form of storyline which did all piece together nicely following the usual twist ending, but it was all too predictable and added no originality or any element to make me want to watch this again! If I was a total cretin, I'd probably sue the film company for false advertising in suggesting it bore resembelence to 'Saw' and 'Seven'. However, given that I rented this from a friend, I don't feel cheated out of any money, (just time and energy).
Al M ***
April 6, 2012
A decent serial killer police procedural that alternates, 2:13 alternates between the detective's story and the killer's. Relatively intelligent, 2:13 devolves into a drama and lacks the grittiness of its opening third for the second third of the film. While it loses some of its creepy momentum, the film remains interesting throughout, features solid performances, and some decently twisted revelations. Nothing new, but still engaging. I didn't get to watch the film in a movie theater when it was released in 2009. We were planning on going but a water main broke on the street in front of the brownstone where I lived in Brooklyn. We had water gushing into our basement apartment where we had a number of very valuable oriental carpets. My girlfriend and I freaked out and ran upstairs to our neighbor who quickly did a search for oriental carpet cleaning service NYC! We lucked out on our first call to a company called Sunlight Water Damage Restoration Services. The name cracked us up cuz we felt anything other than Sunlight. A huge gloomy cloud was over us. However they specialized in the cleanup and remediation of residential properties after water damage and they were available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We obviously needed them immediately. By the time they arrived a hour later, Con Ed had gotten the water main break under control so there was now more water flowing into the apartment. The guys from Sunlight started the extraction of the water with their equipment. We spent the next couple of weeks at our neighbors. Fortunately for us he was going away for a 2 week vacation and he said we could stay until he returned. Well in the hassle of the clean up and the restoring of the apartment and buying new household items, 2:13 was forgotten. When we discovered that the DVD was available on Netflix we decided to get it. This time there was no traumatic event that prevented us from watching it.
Carl C July 1, 2010 ***
To begin this film has exceeded my expectations by a mile.
I expected it to be the same as a bunch of other movies I have seen.
I do love the Horror,Thriller genre.I feel this to be more of a mystery thriller.
That said the acting was great,well paced,edge of your seat in your face movie.The director did a great job.I was especially impressed with the twist,mainly because i didn't see it coming.I usually can put my finger on the who dun it but i was really thrown for a loop here.
I gotta say i thought it was going a different direction,and i love the fact that i was way wrong(that is so cool).So to sum it up if you want to see a great who dun it in your face mystery thriller (with a bit of horror thrown in)then i highly recommend giving 2:13 a look,you will not be disappointed.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
As the saying goes, movies are made in post.
Chuck and I went by Steele last week to see some of the visual effects. All are still a work in progress but they look fantastic. We couldn’t be more pleased. Then, the next day we went by Marc Bonnilla’s studio to hear the first reel of music. It too surpassed our expectations. I just talked to Marc and he has now finished reel two and is on reel three.
Zahari, our sound guy, is busy working on separating the dialog, and preparing the film for his touch. All things working in tandem with the other.
We also had our first lunch with the powers that be to discuss how we will approach the world of distribution so we can hopefully put this film in a theatre near you. We anticipate having a completed film by late March or early April.
Chuck and I are very pleased with what we could potentially have, and feel that we are well on our way to reaching our goal, which is to please the fans of this genre. If you enjoy these kinds of movies, then we feel we will have something that you will talk about for a while.
“Sometimes, the most wonderful things come from the darkest corners. And you were blind.”
Thursday, December 6, 2007
A NEW DAY FOR 213
Now we begin the post-audio work as well as the DI (Digital Intermediary). We still have several months to go before this film will be ready for theatres, but we all feel it will be worth the wait. Keep checking in for updates, sneak peeks and podcasts.
--Charles Adelman, Director/Producer
Greetings from the editing bay
We now move to the 2nd phase of post, which is sound and music. We feel we can get a great deal done before the holidays kick in. We will scan the film soon and sit down with Marc Bonilla and Zahari for a spotting session to discuss our options.
We feel strongly we can have a completely finished film by March, April at the latest. Chuck and I are very excited to show you what we have cooked up.
We all wear masks. We wear one at work, with our significant other, our friends. Only when we are alone, in our private seclusion does the mask come off, and only then are we who we really are. So I close with a question.
Who are you? Do you see?
--Mark Thompson, Writer/Producer/Russell Spivey
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Those changes are being made now by our editor Russell Harndon. We will then show it to Brad one last time next week. If Brad has notes we will implement them and lock the film. If he doesn’t, we lock it there on the spot. Either way our goal is to have a lock by the time the Christmas holidays kick in. We will all take a break and come back fresh in 2008 to begin the next phase, music and sound.
Our composer, Marc Bonilla, and our sound technician, Zahari, have already begun piecing ideas together but won’t actually start laying work in until the lock.
Some of the visual effects from Jerry and Jo Steel have started to trickle in and they look great. And even they are still a work in progress.
After music and sound, the next and final phase is processing the actual look of the film, a process known as DI. I know nothing about it so I will let Chuck explain that to you on his next blog.
Chuck and I are hoping to have a completely finished film by March or early April. We made a conscious decision that we were going to wait until the film was completely finished before showing it to the distribution world, so that will come in the spring.
Happy Holidays to you all, and know this. While you sleep with visions of sugarplums dancing in your heads, Chuck and I are planning a way to kill and dismember Santa.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The fan base for "Two:Thirteen" continues to grow, and now we have launched the OFFICIAL WEBSITE which carries over the look and style of the movie. Kevin Puotinen, our behind-the-scenes filmmaker, has created 5 webisodes which cover different parts of the production. We thank everyone for their support and will be giving you the best movie we can.
--Charles Adelman, Director
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
We are busy with the editing of the film, right this second as a matter of fact. It's starting to shape up. We have already shown it to our friends at Revelations Entertainment from which we pulled great notes. We have spent the last few days laying those in and we are preparing for a screening tomorrow with our buddy Brad Silberling, director of 'City of Angels' and 'Limony Snicket.' Brad will be only the third person other than us to see the film. His notes will be critical to helping us bring the film to a version that we want you to see. Just yesterday we received a song from John Waite that will go into the middle of the film. My wife Lynda, who hates these kind of films, watched only the very opening 30 seconds, and I swear to God she almost threw up, to which Chuck replied, "Good." We are very pleased at this point and we are very close to locking the edit and beginning the process of showing it to distributors who we feel will be interested in this sick type of shit. My best to you all and Chuck and I can't wait to sit down with you and show you what we have spent the last two years of our lives doing. We'll talk soon.
-- Mark Thompson
The post-production of "Two:Thirteen" is going great. We are on our 4th revision of the film and should be locked very soon. The private screenings we have had for our industry friends has been extremely encouraging. You never know what caliber of film you have until you start editing, and we feel we have a very strong film that gives this genre’s fans a film they will look forward to.
-- Charles Adelman, Director/Producer