Keanu Reeves is a happily married man with two children that he loves very much. With his family away for a weekend he finds himself inviting in two unexpected guests in the form of two very beautiful lost girls. What starts off as two lot girls asking for a kind favour, turns into something much more sinister.
Now Keanu Reeves is a man on changeable talent, he was brilliant in John Wick but he can be truly awful (Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula or Much ado about Nothing), and while he doesn’t reach his own dismal levels here, it’s definitely more on that side than that of John Wick or The Matrix. And actually his performance would appear to actually get worse as the film goes on. Luckily for the film though, the two leading women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) are spot on.
Placed in different hands I think the central idea of this film could lead to an interesting movie – a question of loyalty in extreme situations and putting monogamy under a microscope – however, Knock Knock is being handled by Eli Roth. While he is a man who clearly possesses talent behind the camera (some of the time that is, let’s not forget the Green Inferno) he doesn’t seem to view things with any subtext. I’ll explain what I mean by that, Knock Knock should be a film you can read a lot into, but you can’t. It I literally just “hey what if two gorgeous girls tried to get off with you while your family weren’t away?” and then “hey what if these girls like tortured him and stuff”. And that’s it.
Overall, the problem with Knock Knock is that there just isn’t much to say about it. It’s a nuts and bolts thriller. It could and should be more, but it’s not.