DVD Review: Knock Knock
I’m sorry, but I have a soft spot for Keanu Reeves. I know I’m not supposed to like him, but I do. So when a film comes along with him in it, I’m ready to give it a go. Even if it is a film by torture porn hack Eli Roth. How Roth keeps getting his films financed I have no idea. But anyway, on with the film.
Loyal husband and father, and all round good guy Evan is having a weekend alone at home to catch up on work. His wife and two kids have gone to the beach. Just as Evan is settled into a groove and is contemplating lighting up a joint, he hears a knock at the door. On investigation he finds two girls soaked to the skin and very lost. He invites them in and arranges for a cab to come pick them up. The next available cab however is 40 minutes away.
Despite their best attempts at seduction, the two girls just can’t get Evan to falter, so, just as the cab arrives they trick poor Keanu Reeves into the bathroom and physically prevent him form escaping as they undress him and have their way with him.
In the morning Evan awakes to find that his nightmare was real and he has two girls trashing his kitchen, trying to reason with them to leave they turn on him and blame him for what happened the night before, tying him up and keeping him prisoner, torturing him and humiliating him.
The problem with the film is that there is no reason for the girls to behave the way they do. They didn’t find a willing participant, or even a predator such as Ellen Page did in Hard Candy, and they’re not just some psychopathic killers that pick random victims. And then (SPOILER WARNING) there is the whole they were somehow watching the family subplot that never gets investigated past the girls admitting they had been spying.
It’s a weird, nonsensical plot, with bad acting and awful cinematography.
All I can say – or hope – is that Keanu owed someone a big favour. I can see no other reason for someone to sign on to a project like this.