Knock Knock

Rated 3.0

Just a couple of weeks after the release of his career worst movie, writer-director Eli Roth is at it again with a far better offering. Keanu Reeves stars as Evan, a loving husband with two children who is left alone for a couple of days while the wife and kids go on a trip. Right as Evan is about to light up the old pot pipe, there's a knock at the door. Two of the most beautiful women in the world, Genesis (Lorenza Izzo) and Bel (Ana de Armas) are soaking wet and in need of assistance. Evan innocently lets them in to use the phone, dry their clothes and, as things eventually turn out, have mad sex with them. Unfortunately for Evan, he winds up being part of a nasty torture game where he will pay for his infidelities in horrible, gut-churning ways. While Roth never really reveals why the girls are acting this way, there are hints, and that's all the film really needs. Reeves does a nice job of acting scared shitless and out-of-his-mind angry. He has a rant near the end of the film, tied in a chair, that might be the best single moment of acting he's ever produced. Izzo, the only good thing about The Green Inferno besides some of the eating scenes, is actually great here as the ringleader, while de Armas makes for a fun, wildly sadistic sidekick. If anything, the movie restores a little faith in the directing chops of Roth, while giving Reeves another good movie after last year's John Wick. (Available for rent on iTunes, and On Demand during a limited theatrical release.)