K-11, with Goran Visnjic, D.B. Sweeney & Portia Doubleday. Director, Jules Stewart. Obviously, this film isn’t going to be for everyone, to say the least. I had to be dragged, kicking & screaming, to see this. Number one; prison films are not my cup of tea. Number two; I’m not an admirer of gender bending nonsense. Yet – & I’m going to try to be as clear as possible – this was a fascinating film.
Visnjic’s character finds himself incarcerated, by happenstance, in the homosexual block of a prison, for the crime of murder. Brought in drugged & confused, an entertainment executive or agent, thrown in with pond scum & the mentally ill. He’s an interesting actor, known for his role in the television series ER. A Croat, referred to by many, straight & gay alike, as a heart-throb. His style, dark & dramatic. Empathetic.
Personally, I’ve thought of him as a great television, supporting actor. More than adequate. In this motion picture, I can say, he excels. Obviously a daring choice, given sporadic bigotry. I think he’s attempting to drag in a larger fan base. Certainly, he got my attention!
The film doesn’t dwell on sympathies & whines, as one might expect. It merrily goes along, a simple script, graphic prison realities; not so much nudity & unnecessary vulgarity. Praise god, for that. It is what it is. A story about someone finding himself waking up to a nightmare. Adaptation to the situation & a plan of recovery.
Since it doesn’t dwell on controversy & social agendas, I found it entertaining. Even if revolting at times. It really doesn’t make you descend to the gutter. Again, I was thankful for that. But it does make one think about how one would go about getting the heck out of Dodge!
I recommend this film for viewing, unless you really can’t stand the film’s whole premise. It’s simple & well-written. I do hope to see him in a larger production.