Knock Knock ★★

Movies 2019 - 278. Knock Knock (2015; written by Eli Roth, Nicolás López, and Guillermo Amoedo; directed by Eli Roth)
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A man becomes entangled in a dangerous game of seduction and moral consequences. You know, I wonder about Knock Knock. I wonder if there is a really good movie in there. If there is a movie in there that is trying to say something and its message resonates clearly. I wonder if I just didn’t grasp that something because I’m not a fan of Eli Roth. I think there is something about Eli Roth’s styles of filmmaking and screenwriting that don’t always grab me. Like he is trying to say something fierce to go up against the status quo, but his execution goes awry and it ends up as a miss for me. I wanted to like Knock Knock. I truly did. I love Keanu Reeves and think that the Keanaissance is alive, well, and important. Here, given dialogue this literal, Reeves feels very stiff and stunted in his delivery and connection to his character. Perhaps that is because Keanu just wouldn’t end up in a situation like this. Keanu is a “hands off” celebrity — you’ve seen the memes, you know what I mean. Because Keanu feels so distant from the product, the machinations of what’s happening feel even more in line with how I view Roth’s perspective on things. There is something in this film that makes it feel like Roth is trying to prove a point that not all people who claim to be victims are. That sometimes “decent” people get betrayed and thrown under the bus in situations they were manipulated into. While that argument can certainly be made and maybe a story like that should be told, something about the way Roth handles it feels wrong, leaving a dirty taste in my mouth instead of a complex battle with morality in my head.
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