Man oh man, where to start with this one... Okay, so the basic plot of Knock Knock is that Evan (Keanu Reeves) is a loving and caring family man who's been in a monogamous relationship with his wife for around two decades now, give or take a couple of years. When the family takes a vacation to the beach, Evan has to stay behind to get some work done. All is well and good until these two soaking wet and attractive girls turn up on his doorstep begging for help. Evan obliges, he helps them out and organizes a car to come pick them up in 45 minutes. In the meantime the girls take a very obvious fancy to Evan, and despite Evan emphatically rebuffing their advances numerous times, they manage to seduce him in the shower.
They're two hot, vivacious naked girls literally on their knees begging him to just go with it after they were giving him all these speeches about how 'it's only sex' and 'it doesn't matter' and so forth. I doubt even the most devoted monks would have the willpower to resist these succubus' wiles in that situation. However you want to describe it, whether they seduced him or coerced him, it doesn't really matter, cops have a word for shit like this, entrapment. It essentially starts out as rape and then turns consensual, a point was made earlier in the movie about how Evan hadn't been getting any from the wife for a while as well, so he was horny, even still, he hardly jumped all over them. A lot of people scoff at the notion of a man being raped, but it can happen. The situation reminded me of Straw Dogs in a way, where the woman was being raped and then she started to like it. It was the same situation in Knock Knock, only the gender roles were reversed.
I've seen and heard a lot of people say that Knock Knock is a rip-off of Funny Games, but it isn't. I can see why people would say that, but it simply isn't true. Knock Knock is a remake of a schlock horror movie called Death Game (1977) which was apparently based on a true story, only this version doesn't make such a claim, probably because it was a bullshit claim to begin with. The two movies are the same too, nearly identical actually, only Knock Knock has a more modern veneer and is more competently directed by Eli Roth. I would have preferred it if they kept the ending of the original though, that would have given me immense satisfaction.
As these two girls go from sweet and charming, to absolutely fucking batshit crazy, there's a very thin subtext where one of the girls refers to Evan as 'one of the 1%', clearly indicating that there's some deep seeded resentment towards his comfortable lifestyle and they take a great deal of joy in demolishing his upper class house and life, but like I said, that subtext is extremely thin. The kicker though is when the girls take the moral authority and declare that all men, when presented with temptation, are perverts who deserve to die. Only they had to tempt Evan with a fucking lot of temptation, and even then he refused, multiple times, until they essentially raped him and he relented.
It's hard to believe that two little girls could overpower Evan, but a convenient point was made about Evan just having had surgery on his right arm recently rendering it weak, which the girls exploited. Still, many instances stretched credulity to the breaking point multiple times. The girls also found Evan guilty of being a pedophile, but they tricked Evan into believing they were younger than they actually were, the girls weren't underage. Bottom line is, these girls were fucking certifiable and this seemed to be their profession or hobby, whatever you want to call it. I think Keanu gave a good performance, but the girls were unconvincing as psychopathic misandrists. I didn't hate Knock Knock as much as a lot of other people did, but it's still very, very far from being a good movie, but if you look at it as being a remake of a terrible movie from the 70s, it's actually a vast improvement over its predecessor in most ways, so that's something, I suppose...
Written by - The Sentry - 11/10/2015