Knock, Knock (R)

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Knock Knock (2015) – 1hr 39min – Drama, Horror, Thriller

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.

MPAA: Rated R for disturbing violent behavior, strong sexual content, nudity and language

I really don’t know why I bother with Eli Roth movies anymore, but here comes Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves. Reeves plays a happily married man with two kids. All that comes crashing down around him when he’s left home alone to work on a project and two girls show up at his door claiming to be lost. What happens over the next hour or so is … well … something. Twisted dark fantasy meets nightmare as the girls reveal they’re just playing a demented game with the men they scope out, but it’s not all their fault, as Reeves’ character initially doesn’t put up much of a fight.

Knock Knock is a prime example of todays world, I suppose, and what happens when you give in to your lusts. Throw in blackmail, some whacked out girls, nudity, and let’s not forget social media in this digital age, and you’ve got the makings for a life and career ending escapade.

Keanu seems to be overacting just a bit in this role, or maybe that’s to make his whole character look fake anyways. From the way he’s happily shouting his lines to his wife and kids, to the way he’s shouting and trying to act upset with the crazy chicks at the end. It all comes off as fake – or bad acting – and we all know Reeves is fairly decent as an actor.

All in all, I’d say this is one of those movies where you are left to decide on your own which direction you want to go. Feel bad for him, or feel glad that he is revealed for the true character he is when all is said and done. The girls little speech at the end can almost make them seem like vigilantes out to take down the real bad guys, one by one. Or else you can view them as the demented villains who just tarnished our hero’s reputation.

I’m always torn when a movie leaves it up to me to decide how I want to view a film. I just want to be entertained, not left wondering for weeks if X, Y, or Z was the director’s original intent on making the choices they did.

Whether you decide to watch the movie or not, you won’t be missing out either way. And besides, as a guy – being stupid and all, as guys are – I can’t say my story wouldn’t end the same way, but I’d like to think I’d be the better man.

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