Thursday, March 12, 2009

13 B - A Review

The film "13 B" is based on so called para-normal or supernatural powers, whatever you may call it. It takes you on a journey for 2 hors and 30 minutes only to explain what it is all about and why it strikes only the hero of this film.
13 B starts with a joint family comprising of total 8 members shifting to their new residence in an apartment that is numbered 13B. Strange things are noticed happening in the house and the hero of the film is the one who is worst affected as he thinks too much about every smallest occurrence. But, when he comes to know that the TV serial that is watched by him and his family members is only seen on their TV set, he seeks help from his Police officer friend- Murali Sharma, who too witnesses a strange thing happening in his own house, after watching a particular scene in that serial in their house.
With the help of clues provided by Madhavan, the Police officer with the help of their family doctor( Sachin Khedekar) tries to unravel the mystery. But, as the film reaches the climax, there seems to be no logic in the twists and turns provided by director- Vikram k kumar . In fact, after watching that unnecessarily dragged suspense, the audience is left unsatisfied when the truth behind this drama is revealed.
13 B had a very good theme to make it more interesting film like ‘the sixth sense’ but the screenplay was not properly presented. All interesting things are shown happening only after interval with a remarkable work of cinematography from P.C. Sreeram. The background music score is also well matched with the script; but the unwanted noisy scenes with screaming voices by the three characters in the climax should have been avoided. The songs were not at all required in this kind of script which has been dragged too long .
The editing is bad as the film shouldn’t have crossed more than 2 hours. Some of the scenes like the lift going up and down repeatedly , the hero getting into the lift and making repeated attempts to make it work , he climbing the stairs every time are just another way of killing time, like the TV serials do. However, the best part of the film are the performances by all the artists.
In spite of many flaws and its stretching for longer time, 13 B still appears to be a different film from the regular horror films, for the manner in which it has been presented.

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