Rapid Review: Knock Knock (2015)


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“I’m an architect, so obviously I believe in things happening by your own design.”
– Evan Webber

SYNOPSIS: When a devoted husband and father 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. – via IMDB

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GRADE 4Well, yeah. I got to see this, something I have been looking forward to. Primarily for Keanu Reeves, let’s not even joke. Okay, well, Keanu Reeves and a horror film? Sold. Well, I got to see this, and it just… had more potential? It started off well enough, and then devolved into something crazy. My fiancé and I were just sitting there, hoping for an explanation so that it would give the movie some reason, some meaning. Instead, when the opportunity came to give us meaning, the ball was dropped. Right off, let me just say that those bitches were annoying as hell. Lorenzo Izzo’s Genesis and Ana de Armas’s Bel got on my absolute last nerve. Maybe that is because they were too good at what they did. I don’t know. I was just annoyed as hell watching them. Knock Knock is cheesy, too, and not the good kind, either. I mean I did not expect a masterpiece going in  here, the trailer already showed it was going to be a little ridiculous and all, but I did not realise that it would be so wasted. The performances were perfectly fine – everyone delivered exactly what they were supposed to and Reeves was really good – something totally different from usual, and it was shot quite well, but aside from that? The plot was all over the show and inconsistent, the characters were annoying, we are waiting for a reason, a motive, that just never makes an appearance, and there are places to make you cringe in here. I am alright with a horror comedy/some cheese (we all know this), but Knock Knock just didn’t deliver on those fronts like I was hoping it would. Obviously I was not expecting John Wick or Constantine, but I was expecting more than I got here. I think that Roth should have stuck to his more gory/horror/tension things. I know he is going for something different, but there was certainly something missing here. Maybe this is a learning curve for him, I suppose we will see.