13 Cameras has a unique premise: a young, married couple who are expecting a baby move into a house that has a creepy landlord. Unknown to them, he’s installed cameras throughout their house, and watches everything they do. He watches them take showers, have sex, argue, EVERYTHING. He also witnesses the husband’s cheating and the wife’s emotional turmoil over her marriage.
The acting is decent, but not great. There aren’t many genuine emotions felt through the performances, and it doesn’t feel like the actors are invested in their roles. The cinematography is good, for the most part, but I felt like the film could have utilized the viewpoint from the cameras throughout the house more.
The story is predictable, and even though it’s not a very long film, it feels longer than its actual run time. This could have been an excellent thriller about the dangers of technology and the capability of humans to commit horrific acts. Instead, it squanders that potential, and I found my attention drifting throughout the film. The ending was good, though. I liked the twist, and wasn’t expecting it to unfold that way.
Overall, 13 Cameras is a predictable film with decent acting and cinematography. The ending was great, but I can’t really recommend this film to anyone. It’s not scary or thrilling, and my attention drifted from the film several times. It had so much potential, but squandered it.