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Knock Knock – Review


Release Date: 26 June 2015
Director: Eli Roth
Writer: Guillermo Amoedo - Nicolás López - Eli Roth
Cast: Keanu Reeves - Lorenza Izzo - Ana de Armas



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Posted June 29, 2015 by

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Knock Knock Review:

Even Webber (Keanu Reeves) wakes up on Father’s Day to his American dream; his beautiful artist wife Karen (Ignacia Allamand), two doting kids (with abysmal, TV ad-like acting), huge post-modern house and a great job as an architect.

Karen and the kids take off for the weekend while Evan stays behind to get some work done. Home alone, Evan answers a knock at the door in the middle of the night. Two soaking wet college girls, bizarrely named Bel and Genesis, (Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo respectively) stand on his doorstep and spin a tale of getting lost on the way to a party.

Evan invites them in to wait on a taxi but before long the girls are making barely concealed passes at Evan. Cornering him, he eventually submits.

The next morning, Evan’s problems truly begin as the girls refuse to leave and their behaviour becomes more and more unpredictable.

A ridiculously happy family life is established quickly. Keanu responds to his kid’s hammy acting by out-hamming them with cringe-inducing dopey dad antics (which come back to bite him later). It’s a perfect picture with only one purpose. To be destroyed. When the deviant duo turn up out the blue, the situation feels wrong immediately. The earlier chirpy feel of the movie begins to die and a sense of impending dread builds, helped by the constant sound of a torrential downpour outside.

Not dread like Kubrick though. This show is demented and you’ll laugh more than once at the unfolding antics. Evan freaks out over his wife’s art projects being defaced with dick pics. During a sadistic game show routine all you might be able to do is laugh. Colleen Camp even gets a cameo as Evan’s hyper-active physical therapist.

What’s funniest about Knock Knock is Keanu Reeves. His acting is honest-to-God so bad, it’s good. It’s hilarious. Like Nic Cage-Wicker Man hilarious. Watching him steadily loose his mind is the best display on show, with one particular wit’s-end outburst being the highlight (the “Free Pizza” line killed me).

Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo look to be having huge fun with their roles. Villains tend to have the most fun. They slip from creepy to irritating then finally psychotic. de Armas is certainly the more memorable of the pair with her performance being something more enigmatic. There are hints of past trauma which grants her extra depth. At times the two of them can become quite grating with nauseating scenes of destruction riddled with their shrieking laughter. They put Keanu (and the audience) through an exhausting ordeal.

While on the whole the movie is a sick fantasy scenario not meant to be taken seriously, some aspects are in bad taste. Without giving anything away, a heinous issue is handled with great immaturity. A long shot at the movie’s end shows Evan’s house covered in some pretty disgusting graffiti. The nudity is a little too gratuitous. As for what the girls have in store for Evan, the punishment is disproportionate to his crimes.

Knock Knock certainly isn’t boring. One hour and forty minutes tear by in a show of madness, torture and lots of sick, twisted humour, further propelled by one of Keanu Reeve’s best/worst performances.


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