Knock Knock

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Knock Knock

Keanu Reeves torpedoes his own comeback with this idiotic, offensive tale of a helpless guy and two predatory women

As this crude, mindless ‘Fatal Attraction’-in-hotpants home invasion thriller unfolds, it’s impossible to shake the sneaking suspicion that co-writer and director Eli Roth thinks, somewhere in his addled brain, that he’s making a feminist statement. He’s not. If he’s making a statement at all, it’s ‘I’M AN IDIOT’ in fifty-foot letters.

Sadly, he’s not alone in his confusion. Keanu Reeves – who co-produced and really should know better – plays Evan, a loving family man who, one fateful night when the wife and kids are away, opens the door to a pair of soaking, scantily clad girls who’ve lost their way. The question is not whether he’ll throw caution and pants to the wind – in Roth’s cynical world, everyone’s an asshole – but what the consequences will turn out to be. Suffice it to say, they involve a trashed house, a lot of hell-hath-no-fury shouting and Keanu tied to a chair with underwear stuffed in his mouth and a fork stuck in his shoulder.

‘Knock Knock’ is film that, time after time, throws away any chance it might have to make a coherent statement, relying instead on plastic, Britney-video titillation and constant shrieking. It’s particularly frustrating given that the dialogue’s okay and the performances are actually pretty good – the look on Keanu’s face following the film’s one great gag, right at the end, is priceless.

But it’s just so flatly, tediously charmless and unscary – and when Roth starts dropping hints about the girls’ motivation for their extreme behaviour, it tips over into outright offensive. The Keanu comeback just came to a screeching halt.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Release date: Friday June 26 2015
Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Eli Roth
Screenwriter: Guillermo Amoedo, Nicolás López
Cast: Keanu Reeves
Lorenza Izzo
Ana de Armas

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Bizarre thriller attempt. Even after all these years, if Keanu reeves can act, then I have won an Oscar.