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Knock Knock (2015/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B-

Eli Roth returns with Knock Knock (2015) starring Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo. A film that is every bit an exploitation film a bit along the same lines of the original Last House On The Left. Though I am a big horror fan, I haven't yet really been blown away by Eli Roth's work (aside from the fantastic Thanksgiving trailer he did for Grindhouse). That being said, I think this is probably his most effective film that I've seen so far (though to the date of this review I haven't seen the other film he made this year, Green Inferno) and respect the fact that he made a film with minimal actors and one location.

When a devoted husband of an artist and father of two cute kids (Reeves) is left home on his own 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 full of black mail and murder.

The film is pretty dark and succeeds at giving Keanu's character enough character development to make him sympathetic. Almost operating the way a play would, the film's three act structure ups the stakes to the point of hopelessness. While the last scene of the film is funny, the abrupt climax feels a bit unsatisfactory. A terrifying point to the film, however, is that this could easily happen in real life to anyone.

The best part of the film are the performances themselves. After having success with the incredible action film John Wick, this film continued a year of good role choices for Keanu as this is a character that you don't normally see him play. More often than not, he usually plays a loner where here he is playing a 'Mr. Nice Guy' family man. Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo are also superb and pull off being innocent and alluring to heartless and chaotic as well as being pretty easy on the eyes.

Presented in a crystal clear, 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a powerful DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, Knock Knock plays well on Blu-ray disc. English and Spanish subs are also on the disc as well as a digital copy of the film via Ultraviolet.

Other extras include:

Commentary track by the filmmakers

Deleted Scenes with optional Eli Roth commentary

The Art of Destruction: The Making of Knock Knock

Stills Gallery

An interesting character study with strong performances, this film could have easily been made in the 1970's and shot on 16mm and been more effective.

- James Lockhart



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