This is the third installment in my Eli Roth Triple Feature Review. In this post, I will discuss the movie Knock Knock.
Dir. Eli Roth; Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, Keanu Reeves
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Like The Green Inferno, I had trouble locating a theater in LA that was showing Knock Knock. This shocked me, since it was just released this past Friday and Eli Roth isn’t exactly a small named director. Having seen The Green Inferno just the day before, I was so excited for this movie that I was willing to drive anywhere within reason to see it. Thankfully, it was playing at Sundance Cinemas in West Hollywood.
What’s it about?
Evan Webber (Reeves) is a happily married family man. When his wife and two children take a long weekend and go to the beach, Evan is stuck at home working. Two young women, Genesis (Izzo) and Bel (De Armas), knock on Evan’s door in apparent distress. He lets them in and calls them an Uber to take them to their destination, but the girls are more interested in seducing him. When he succumbs to their feminine wiles and gives in to a night of passion, Genesis and Bel wreck havoc on his life, both emotionally and physically.
Here’s the Trailer:
What did I think?
Knock Knock was funny and well written. One thing I like about this film is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Another reason to like this movie is that it doesn’t have Eli Roth’s signature gore-happy style. While I love gore, it was interesting to see a change of pace. This movie focuses more on the psychological impact of a hostage situation, as opposed to to physical impact, which I respect immensely.
The storyline and the imagery were both excellent, but the acting fell short. Lorenza Izzo was amazing, as usual. Ana De Armas was terrifyingly adorable, which enhanced her character beyond belief. Aaron Burns (another of Roth’s go-to actors), who played Louis, Evan’s wife’s art dealer, was hilarious.
Keanu Reeves, however, was just awful. There was not one second during this movie that I believed his performance. He was awkward with his family, lacked passion during sex scenes, was emotionless when he spoke and just screamed in really weird ways when he was in danger. I found it extremely difficult to feel engaged in his character. I didn’t care as much what the women were doing to him because I didn’t care that much about Evan Webber. If I could recast this movie, I would probably go with someone like Edward Norton. He does tortured very well.
Despite the fact that everything else was perfect, Keanu Reeve’s performance brought the whole movie down for me. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Keanu’s role in a movie has done this for me. I’m still waiting for the day when he proves that he’s a good serious actor. If you ask me, he should stick to stoner comedies.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. Keanu Reeve’s performance may have brought everything down for me, but there are still a lot of amazing things about this movie that deserve to be seen. If you have any trouble finding a theater that’s showing Knock Knock, you can stream it on Amazon Instant Video for $6.99.
Tell me what you think in the comments!