Knock Knock

Posted in Reviews, Top Stories by - December 13, 2015
Knock Knock

Keanu Reeves drastically underperforms while “Knock Knock” takes what we all love about thriller movies and throws it in our faces.

Eli Roth has directed some successful Horror films, such as “Cabin Fever”(2002) and “Hostel”(2005), but he drastically missed the mark on this film, “Knock Knock”.  Knock Knock comprises of everything we hate about modern horror and thriller films: There is a lot of garbage dialog, poor cinematography, and cheesy drama built in, with little to no horror or thrill. When watching a thriller, you are looking for the suspense, the anticipation of what moment is about to make you gasp. I want to be on the end of my chair, and I want to pop up in my seat during the pivotal points in the film. Not only was that lacking in this movie, there was a disgusting lack of effort put into this screenplay.

Knock Knock depicts a family man, celebrating Father’s Day with his family, and later at home as his family goes on a mini-vacation whilst he stays alone to work. Unbeknownst to him, two attractive young women show up in need of help, and couldn’t possible pose him any danger, so he things. As if that plot line isn’t incredibly tacky and cheesy enough, it is coupled with a complete neglect of artistic quality, leaving this film bland and boring. Only 26 minutes into the feature, I struggled to force myself to sit through the rest, and became sick to my stomach when the realization came that there was another 1 hour and 13 minutes left to this tragedy of a film.

The screenplay for this wannabe-thriller is composed by Eli Roth himself, with the help of Nicolas Lopez, Guillermo Amoedo, and the story by Anthony Overman and Michael Ronald Ross. It would be an exhausting argument for me to make if I attempted to convince you that this isn’t the worst screenplay I’ve seen in 2015, by a vast stretch. The despicable lack of attention to detail put in by Roth and associates not only puts into question Roth’s current devotion to his craft, but the quality of future films he’s inevitably going to publish. Keanu Reeves portrays the shell of an actor he is, making the impressive performance he put forth in “John Wick”(2014) look like nothing more than a fluke. Keanu’s character, Evan Webber, is an uninteresting, dull, watered down thriller lead, and his monotoned performance inadequately renders the amount of passion and despair needed to actually root for his characters success. Lorenza Izzo plays Genesis, and Ana de Armas plays Bel: two young, promiscuous women who’s best acting in the film comes in the passionate sex scene that shortly follows their entrance into Webber’s home. The cinematography on this film largely relies on vulgar verbiage written virtually everywhere and shown in every scene.

It’s truly a story of despair; Not Knock Knock itself, but the attempt at making an incredible thriller. Roth truly has to do some soul searching in this one, and I fully expect him to bounce back with an exciting thriller like some of the films we had the pleasure of viewing in the past, however it would take quite a feat to redeem this disreputable mess he exposed us to. My hope for Keanu Reeves is that he gets back into his forte in Action, making his acting skill largely unnecessary as it is largely non-existent. If I could give the world one gift, it would be to prevent the viewing of this film entirely, as only one of two results can come of watching this: Either you are as repulsed as me, or you enjoyed this film, in which I would love to hear of some other films you love.

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