(Reminds me of how I felt while watching this movie)
“When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse. A sexy new thriller from director Eli Roth, KNOCK KNOCK stars Keanu Reeves as the family man who falls into temptation and Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the seductresses who wreak havoc upon his life, turning a married man’s dark fantasy into his worst nightmare.”
Did I not get the memo? Was Knock Knock supposed to be a comedy? Because I could not stop laughing during this movie, especially in the beginning with Keanu’s overacting, playing fun-loving family man Evan Webber. Eek, it was pretty cringe worthy. Damn you Keanu for playing into the stereotype that you can’t act! This film had all the makings of a Lifetime movie. Starting with the panoramic scenic views paired with a made for tv music score and finishing with a predictable ending that again made me chuckle. Knock Knock, I’m laughing at you, not with you. The difference between Knock Knock and a Lifetime movie, is that most Lifetime movies are so bad they’re “good”. Knock Knock was so bad it was, well, bad.
Knock Knock is considered an “erotic horror thriller”. Nope, nothing erotic or thrilling about this movie. Eli Roth had a decent concept in mind but it fell flat with a lot of missed opportunities. He’s best known for creating the gore porn genre but there was none of that in Knock Knock. Where was the eye gouging and limb removal? I kept waiting for the two crazy women to go all “Audition” on him, but all he ended up with was a bad hair cut and messy house. Speaking of his home, who has that many gigantic family portraits on their walls besides the Kardashians? Anyways, I will say that when the women first enter the house, I was entertained. And the way they seduced him and his constant refusals to give into the temptation came across somewhat believable. Unfortunately, the after math of his wild and crazy night is where this movie went wrong. Ana De Armas and Lorenza Izzo’s characters were more of a nuisance and irritating than psychotic and threatening. I feel like Eli Roth set out to make a campy modern thriller, but got lazy and didn’t put in enough effort to make a potentially good movie. Eli, stick to what you’re good at, grossing people out.