Knock Knock, which is about two women wreaking havoc on a married man, aspires to be titillating. But more than anything, both persistently, persuasively angle to make you angry.
The characters are driven by convenience, not behavior, and their actions seem like they've been manhandled into place to make the plot work.
"Director Eli Roth's "Knock Knock," a remake of the 1977 exploitation picture "Death Game," sometimes plays more like a comedy than like the grungy thriller that inspired it, but that's often all to the good."
Knock Knock is a pretty flimsy erotic thriller, but thanks to Reeves' oaken obliviousness it's also got a few moments of deliciously trashy fun.
As a piece of social satire, "Knock Knock" winds up being not just toothless but anticlimactic.
All foreplay and no, well, climax.
Roth, who is no Michael Haneke (or even Adrian Lyne), seems unconcerned with creating genuine tension or digging into an allegory of moral consequence.
"Knock Knock" ends on a not entirely satisfactory note, but delivers a pretty mean genre wallop getting there (with almost zero gore).
While its message is a little simplistic, Knock Knock is shot through with a brilliant, gleefully anarchic dark humor that's equally fun and disturbing.