Wednesday, April 24 2013, 06:15 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: K-11
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: April 23, 2013
Available On: DVD and Blu-ray
Synopsis: A record producer (Goran Visnjic) charged with murder is thrown into K-11, the section of the Los Angeles County Jail reserved for homosexuals that has become corrupt under the not-so-watchful eye of Sgt. Johnson (D.B. Sweeney).
Extras: Deleted Scenes, Cast Interviews, Commentary, Music Video, Photo Gallery and a behind-the-scenes featurette
Recommendation: Veteran script supervisor Jules Stewart makes her directorial debut with this trashy jailhouse exploitation flick. Originally slated to star Kristen Stewart (Jules’ daughter) and her Twilight co-star Nikki Reed in the transsexual roles of Mousey and Butterfly K-11 ran into production issues, which led to Stewart swapping out her leading role for a voice cameo and Reed bowing out entirely. In their place we get Kate del Castillo and Portia Doubleday. Why women were cast transsexuals in the first place is a valid question. Particularly when the film was never destined to capture a mainstream audience with or without mainstream stars. Del Castillo is convincing enough. Doubleday, who I quite liked in Youth in Revolt, is anything but.
Unfortunately that’s not the only thing strange about K-11. Most of the actors are clearly taking their roles quite seriously, but D.B. Sweeney seems to think that K-11 is a farce (which it very well may be, but not purposefully so). He’s so goofy that he singularity makes the film feel like a campy parody of the prison exploitation sub-genre rather than a film to be taken seriously. Oddly enough Sweeney might be the only person in the room who recognized Jared Kurt and Jules Stewart’s script for what it really was. It’s clear by the director/writer commentary that the duo thought they had written a serious drama, but the over-the-top twists and turns combined with less-than-realistic dialogue make the movie impossible to take completely seriously.
Stewart may be unconventional, perhaps even brave, but K-11 lacks a strong directorial vision. If I can’t decide on my own if the film is a satire or a drama the director clearly hasn’t done their job.
-Ryan Michael Painter