Before Ana de Armas was a household name from her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the movie NC-17 Blondshe made her debut in American cinema with Eli Roth’s psychosexual thriller Knock Knockwhich also stars Lorenza Izzo (green hell, This year The Aviary) and Keanu Reeves. It’s a fascinating, often frustrating and deeply uncomfortable film with difficult themes, and one that introduced the world to the great talents of Izzo and Armas.
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Knock Knock seems heavily influenced by German film funny games, which was remade by its director in the United States as an equally nihilistic cinematic masterpiece. In funny gamestwo well-dressed but crazed young men show up at a house in the countryside, where they terrorize, torture and kill the family who let them in, never letting go of their menacing good humor. Knock Knockbut reverse the sexes.
Knock Knockwhich is actually a remake of the 1970s drama game of death, features two beautiful women (de Armas and Izzo) showing up at their victim’s house. The victim is Evan, played by Reeves, who is an architect and former DJ who loves vinyl. He is married to an artist and they have two happy children. The wife and kids are away for the weekend with just Evan alone in his house, working on a project. The doorbell rings, and then everything collapses.
It’s raining and two scantily clad young women show up at Evan’s house in the middle of the night, lost, looking for a party. They hit on him, but he ignores her and calls an Uber driver, who is 45 minutes away. The girls are overtly sexual and innocently ask if they can dry their clothes. After the clothes are dry, Evan approaches Genesis (Izzo) and Bel (de Armas) to return their clothes. The Uber driver is approaching. To Evan’s surprise, he finds the women naked and they seduce Evan, who at first resists but eventually relents. This fleeting moment of ecstasy will bring relentless terror and destruction to Evan’s life as he knows it.
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In a scene later in the film, Evan defends his actions by calling the girls “free pizza”; he says if you get up late at night and someone delivers you a free pizza, you’ll probably eat it. Likewise, if two sexy young women show up at your house and seduce you, it’s inevitable that you’ll give in and enjoy a threesome with them. This is especially true with Evan, who had complained to his wife at the start of the film that they hadn’t had sex in weeks.
After the seduction and the threesome, they all fall asleep. When everyone wakes up the next morning, Evan demands that they leave, and only then do they start acting hostile. He eventually brings them home, and we think the troubles are over…until they show up the next night, break in, tie up Evan and abuse him, and completely ruin the house and everything. the sculptures of women.
Evan doesn’t realize how much trouble he’s in until the girls tell him they’re underage and he’s a pedophile. They threaten to turn him into a policeman, destroying his life and his relationship with his family. They get mean and the torture begins. Eli Roth’s previous film Hotel concerned physical torture, while Knock Knock concerns psychological torture (although there is also physical torture). They put speakers in his ears and question him about pedophilia and play deafening comments into his eardrums when he doesn’t answer questions. He screams in pain, saying they will deaf him. This does not at all deter the girls, who continue to torture and taunt him in obnoxious, gruesome and erotic ways.
What is the knock knock point?
What exactly is the message of Knock Knock? That all men are pigs? That Evan is a pig? That it’s impossible to resist gorgeous, scantily clad young women? This, as in spring breakers, young women can be more psychopathic than we think? Is it sexist or feminist? Is it, as its title suggests, just a bad joke? Knock Knock who’s there?
We learn a lot more about the two villains at the end of the film, when they tell Evan that they have already done this, and that in any case, the man could not resist the temptation and therefore the women have destroyed these men and their families. We also learn that they had spied on Evan and his family before they showed up on his doorstep. And when a visitor shows up at night to secure the sculptures of the woman and ends up dying, he knows who to call for the body to be immediately picked up and disposed of – after making a gruesome sculpture out of her body.
At Roth’s Hotel, if you travel to an unknown place, you are in danger. You could be drugged and abducted, then tortured and murdered for the amusement of wealthy sadists. Knock Knock reverses that and has trouble coming to your front door. Evan isn’t partying in a strange land; he is safe at home when trouble comes in the form of two gorgeous young women, soaked and frozen, looking very vulnerable, and he becomes the victim of a home invasion.
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The ultimate question the film asks is why, although it asks other questions. Why do girls do what they do? How many other victims were there? Why are they on a crusade to punish married men with children in happy relationships? Why are they so angry? And why do they use their sexuality to control men?
Despite many unanswered questions, at the end of the film, we realize that Evan is not the real victim. It’s his wife and two children, who return from vacation to find proof of Evan’s infidelity, and she finds his precious sculptures completely destroyed, along with all of their framed family photos. In a sense, the real interest of Knock Knock is to hyperbolically portray the consequences and how our loved ones are hurt by our actions.
Evan finds himself in the garden, buried up to his neck, watching footage of his infidelity that the girls filmed and then posted on his Facebook page. We see comments coming in, telling him he’s sick and evil and they’re taking him down. In that way, it’s a very modern and updated film, with Uber, iPads and Facebook playing crucial roles.
Roth also made a remake of death wish starring Bruce Willis, and this remake is also being remade for a younger audience whose lives revolve around social media and can’t imagine the world without it. So although Knock Knock is a remake, the story is changed significantly to reflect our modern world.
Ana de Armas is the one who strikes
Ana de Armas gives a remarkable performance here. She’s able to be both sexy and creepy, and it’s creepy when she dresses up in Evan’s daughter’s clothes and calls her “Daddy.” She starts off as utterly charming and seductive before going downright bonkers, a menacing amoral woman barking like a dog and essentially raping Evan.
When she gets mad, you can see there’s a lot of rage in character (especially with hints that she was sexually abused as a child), and she’s so much more than the bubbly head she goes through. immediately. In fact, she’s a violent psychopath determined to use her sexuality to hurt others, a character who seems to exploit and subvert the way women have historically been portrayed in film (de Armas even seems to pre-Blond Impersonation of Marilyn Monroe at one point, mimicking the famous image of the bomb blowing kisses, seen below).
It’s still unclear how well de Armas’ character plays, how mentally insane and psychotic she is, versus how much she bluffs or tries to scare Evan. She seems to mock the historical portrayal of women in film (either as a “sexy” woman or a “crazy” woman), and her short-tempered, unstable performance is brilliant; it’s no surprise that she’s become such a popular actress lately. At the end of the day, Knock Knock is a very tense erotic thriller and another great film from Eli Roth.