vrijdag 12 augustus 2016

100 Movie Challenge 2016 - # 110: Knock Knock

Director: Eli Roth
Genre: Thriller
Runtime: 99 minutes
Year: 2015
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas

Description: When a devoted husband and father (Keanu Reeves) is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Review: Eli Roth likes to provoke. In 2002 he debuted with the bloody “Cabin Fever”, but it was “Hostel” that put him on the map. Roth also writes and produces, but in his directed films there are always three elements present: sex, blood and sadism. The blood shedding in “Knock Knock” is only minimal, but the other two ingredients are very present. It’s a home invasion thriller, like “Funny Games” was, but adds a dose of sex to it.
Devoted husband and father Evan stays home alone for the weekend, to work, when his wife and kids are leaving for trip. When Evan is working late, two beautiful young girls knock on his door. Standing in the pouring rain and lost, Evan plays the good Samaritan and lets them in to use his computer. They eventually take advantage of his hospitality and Evan wished he never let those two girls inside his house.
The movie never really gets scary or exciting. The movie is basically a chain of bad dialogues and really bad acting. I’ve always defended Kenau Reeves, because I think he is not as bad as people say he is. In “Knock Knock” his acting is terrible, I’ve never seen him this bad. And there is even a Nicolas Cage moment, a serious over the top scene that is very laughable.
I normally like Eli Roth films, but “Knock Knock” is not one of them. What a bad film.

Rating: 1,5/ 5

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