Owen Gleiberman
August 02, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

13 Tzameti

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/28/06
performer
Georges Babluani, Aurelien Recoing
director
Gela Babluani
distributor
Palm Pictures
author
Gela Babluani
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

French art thriller 13 Tzameti has a literal hair-trigger premise, yet it’s so lacking in human dimensions that it creates virtually no suspense. At a house hidden in the countryside, 13 men are enjoined, for a possible payoff, to stand in a circle as each points a gun at the man’s head in front of him. When the light bulb at the center of the room pops on — boom!, it’s group Russian roulette time. You’ll wince for a few moments, but the shooters, including Georges Babluani as an innocent immigrant who sneaks his way into the group, are as blank as the bullets are real.

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