Monday, October 10, 2016

Knock Knock

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(2015) ***1/2

Evan’s a happy, wealthy family man.  His wife and kids are cute, he’s slightly sex-deprived, but loves his family.  His wife decides to take the kids to the beach for a weekend, and Evan is left at home alone to work.  Late that night, during a rain storm, two girls show up, drenched from the rain, lost, being supposedly unable to find their friends’ house. 

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Evan is at first cordial and polite, then friendly, then mildly flirtatious as the two girls gradually throw themselves at Evan.  From there, things gradually grow from awkward to dangerous over the course of the weekend. 

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Knock Knock isn’t great, but it’s much better than it has any right to be.  I wouldn’t watch it again, but I was definitely entertained, and eager to see how things would play out.

Knock Knock was written and directed by Eli Roth, and knowing that, it’s easy to assume that this would be some kind of torture porn gore-fest, but instead, the 25 minutes of the film that comprise the girls’ arrival feel much more like a stage play.  The horror of the coming situation is gradually hinted at through the dialog, wherein we slowly watch Evan (Keanu Reeves) go down the downward spiral as his interest in the girls changes from fatherly to friendly to salacious. 

The second act gets a little ridiculous and incongruous with the somewhat cerebral beginning, but someone didn’t tell Reeves how ridiculous the plot grows, as he continues to give his all to reveal more about his character. 

Available on Amazon Prime if you’re interested.  I’d love to hear what others have to say about this one.  


Catfreeek said...

I have almost selected this one several times but decided against it. Nice review maybe now I'll take the plunge.

JPX said...

I can't tell you how many times I ALMOST watched this movie. From reading about it my sense is that I would not like it because I generally hate stories where a nice guy is being tortured for no reason. Thank you for finally getting a review of this movie out!

Johnny Sweatpants said...

I love every Eli Roth movie I've seen so I suspect I'd rate this one higher. Now it's on the list!

AC said...

It does sound good... how disturbing is it?

Crystal Math said...

An Eli Roth movie with the feel of a stage play? I'm in!

DKC said...

Hmm. I am also intrigued but am not a torture porn fan... Without revealing too much, how torture porny is it?