K13 Movie Review
Arulnithi’s choices of movies have always been unique and they’ve been mostly thrillers. Over here with K13, he tries out something on psychological thriller, which keeps you guessing at places. Debut filmmaker Barath Neelakantan has tried adding up some interesting stuffs over the script that features Shraddha Srinath in another lead role.
An obsessed writer (Shraddha Srinath) and a disappointed filmmaker (Arulnithi) meet over a night at pub and rest is a series of dramatic bizarre.
During the promotional phase, Arulnithi and the entire team was often questioned some of the interesting moments from the teaser. But their uniformity of reply was revealing anything on that could be a spoiler. Over here, it turns out to be a same problem on analyzing it for citing about pros and cons would actually demand to bring up the instances. Yes, we have no options but to mention them, but only to a certain extent.
It’s so much evident that Barath’s script is a tailor made one for short film. Although, the running length of the film is 1hr55mins approximately, it still has some slow moments, especially in the first hour. The actual drama starts unveiling by the last 30 minutes. Of course, the climax twist is appreciable (reference that audiences might feel in storytelling pattern could be Siddarth’s Enakkul Oruvan and Nayanthara’s Maya). It’s not the first half (55mins), but even the teaser had exhibited some resemblance of shots similar to Rajkumar Rao’s Trapped. However, the over-enthusiastic film buffs would have imagined this to be a mix of Trapped and Phobia, which isn’t the fact.
It’s Arulnithi and Shraddha Srinath all the way. Their performances are completely outstanding. Arulnithi’s reaction and dialogues in few places sparks of laughter although the situation is serious. Shraddha Srinath is purely awesome with her acting. Nevertheless, her role cannot be completely perceived in right way due to certain reason (Watch the final moment twist).
Sam CS’ BGM is good, not the best and Ruben’s editing keeps the film going at good pace. Aravinnd’s cinematography is decent.
On the whole, K13 has interesting twists and turns by the second half, especially the climax, but as mentioned, it’s a script that is apt for a short film and it looks little stretched in places.