Verdict: 2 / 5
Two brothers trying to get out of a life of crime, face a journey of betrayal and consequences.
A man gets pulled over and the cop finds something in the boot…but it’s not what you think. This opening scene provides a glimpse into what the movie is about, and a premonition into what’s about to happen.
Brothers Mike and Tre have been caught up in a life of crime and want out. Mike has just been released from jail for a crime he didn’t commit and wants to give his daughter a better life somewhere else. The only thing is that his got no money and retiring from ‘the job’ is harder than both brothers thought.
Mike and Tre journey on separate jobs for two mob bosses, which they both agree is their last job before leaving. The two face unexpected betrayals, set ups, and near-death experiences, but both fight to protect each other.
This story has been exhausted and this rendition offers no real differences besides the surprising alliances. For a movie that seems to depict action, it boasts too much dialogue that reins unnecessary in the end. There are also too many characters introduced that seem to be forgotten until the last minute, which disorientates the flow of the movie because half the time you’re confused to the relevance of a character.
With no real names behind the movie besides a cameo from Latino legend Danny Trejo, who plays a Mexican mob leader (who would’ve guessed), Five Thirteen lacks credibility and talent.
The movie is predictable, apart from the surprise package Tre has to deliver, but if you’re into a movie about crime and how it seems to be just as stressful holding the gun as it is having it pointed at you – then the movie isn’t half bad.
“One bullet and the city is yours” the movie’s caption gives truth to the gun-wielding characters and how a bullet can give a person power. It draws to an end with a jump to the future and a touching narrative about being careful of the deals you make, because what goes around comes around.