“K-13.”… Arulnithi’s thriller has a solid premise but stays at an arm’s length

Posted on May 3, 2019

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Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/k-13-movie-review-arulnithis-thriller-has-a-solid-premise-but-stays-at-an-arms-length-shraddha-srinath/

What if you find yourself tied to a chair with packaging tape, in a house you barely recognise? That’s the plight that befalls Mathi (Arulnithi) at the beginning of K-13, written and directed by first-timer Barath Neelakantan. Flashback a bit, and we learn that Mathi has worked as an assistant director, and he now wants to make his own movie. He reveals this to Malar (Shraddha Srinath), who he meets in a nightclub. She’s a writer, too — and the film sneaks in a nod to another thriller about a writer, The Shining. But you’d be wrong if you think K-13 is animated by the spirit of Stephen King. Rather, it plays out like the love child of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and François Ozon’s Swimming Pool. A man trapped in a room, using a keyhole to spy on neighbours. Murder. A twisty climax that toys with us. This is solid material for a movie.

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