"13" Trailer: Jason Statham and Mickey Rourke Play Russian Roulette

In case you hadn't heard, Jason Statham is pretty badass. And in case you forgot, Mickey Rourke is pretty badass for an old dude too.

The duo have taken different paths in order to establish themselves as action stars. Statham has made sure that the "80s action star" type of basically starring in the same movie every year (badass gets guns, kills everyone, gets girl, wash, rinse, repeat), while Rourke has taken a rather different route to fame, disappearing for a decade and a half before letting Darren Aronofsky make him awesome again.

In any case, the two collaborated on Sly Stallone's "The Expendables", and they will be appearing on screen yet again in "13", Géla Babluani's English remake of his own 2005 film, "13 Tzameti".

The Georgian filmmaker received critical acclaim for his low budget 2005 black-and-white film, so he decided to do what any green-blooded human would, and that's... remake his own movie in English?

Okay.

Well, people kind of rolled their eyes when the first trailer for the remake hit the net late last year, but now, it looks like 13 has finally received distribution for a theatrical release here in North America. And as a result, the filmmakers have released a brand new trailer to remind us all that this movie still exists:

While a lot of people seem to be going into this one with a lot of preconceptions, thanks to what looks to be a dumbed-down version of a truly original project in 13 Tzameti, I have to say it looks pretty good. You have Jason Statham being Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke being Mikey Rourke, and plenty of recognizable actors to fill the gaps: Ray Winstone, 50 Cent, David Zayas, Emmanuelle Chirqui, Michael Shannon, and Alexander Skarsgård (lots of HBO talent).

The plot, revolving around a dangerous Russian Roulette type of game:

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A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Whether the Americanized version of the 2005 critically acclaimed arthouse film can live up to its predecessor is questionable, especially considering the involvement of the original director. But it has a good cast, and if that can be supplemented with good writing and plenty of action, it might be worth a watch.