Eli Roth. What’s happening?
Seriously man. What the hell is going on?
Cabin Fever, Hostel I and II are all great in my books. Disgusting, funny, crazy and thrilling. Yet can you believe the last feature length Eli Roth directed was back in 2007. That’s 8 years ago. I have yet to see his jungle-cannibal-torture film The Green Inferno but after seeing the monstrosity that is Knock Knock I’m not sure that I am as excited to see it.
Set in a modern LA house Keanu Reeves is a loving father with two kids. It’s Father’s Day and his kids and wife leave him to go on holiday while he stays at home to work (great family you got there). That night Keanu is home all alone and the rain pours outside. Two ‘sexy’ girls knock on his door wanting to use his phone and dry off. One thing leads to another and the girls end up being not who they seem………..
This is a tale as old as time, the genre of intruders in a house mixed with the ole femme fatale getting revenge on a cheating husband. Countless films have been made on the subject. Some great, some not so great. I went to see Knock Knock at the cinema and trust me I wanted to like it. The start of the film felt weird and uninteresting but I kept my hopes up thinking that it would change gear into mayhem at any second. However as soon as the intruders come we have a good thirty minutes of awkward flirting between Keanu Reeves and the girls. The film at this point has no direction, the script written by Roth and two others has little to no humour and doesn’t stop from being forced and contrived. I felt uncomfortable watching the action on screen and (I can’t believe I’m saying this) rather bored.
Apart from the uninspired direction and script the acting in this film is so bad. Just so god damn bad. We know Keanu Reeves isn’t the best actor (even though he kicked ass in John Wick) but in Knock Knock he is unbelievably bad. Nothing felt authentic or real, so when the action kicks up a notch and the true intentions of the girls comes to the forefront there is no suspense, no attachment to the story whatsoever. Just the nagging feeling that you want the film to pick up it’s game. But it never does. The violence isn’t even any fun.
I really don’t have much else to say about this film but that I was utterly disappointed by Roth’s new feature film venture. It was about an hour and ten into the film when I turned to my friend and said “Let’s get out of here”. Rarely do I walk out of a film, but this was crap and a waste of my money. I don’t recommend this film. Go watch Fatal Attraction or Funny Games instead.
KNOCK KNOCK is directed by Eli Roth and stars Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, and Ana de Armas.
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