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Plot: While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her two fathers are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.
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“Wen” (Kristen Cui) is out collecting grasshoppers when she encounters the statuesque and friendly “Leonard” (Dave Bautista). When his three friends turn up though, she gets spooked and runs to her remote cabin home where her dads “Eric” (Jonathan Groff) and “Andrew” (Ben Aldridge) are chilling on the veranda. She is worried, and soon they are locked in with four seemingly hostile folks outside demanding entry. The doors and windows are no match for their rather medieval weapons and soon the boys are tied to their chairs fearing the worst in homophobic behaviour. Thing is, the four appear to mean them no harm – well, not directly anyway. “Leonard”, in a calm and measured manner, now regales them with a tale foretelling an apocalyptic end for mankind unless this small family make a very, very, tough decision in the next twenty four hours. Should they not, then we soon discover that things will not go well for them, but do not go at all well for their four “persuaders” either. Bautista is quite good here, as is Aldridge and for a while the plot is actually quite intriguing. The ultimate catch-22 with a question posed to rational people – who love each other – that would test any of us. Sadly, though, M Night Shyamalan can’t keep the intrigue sustained and it rather runs out of steam from the middle onwards. Groff doesn’t really show up and neither, for that matter, does Rupert Grint. I also felt that young Cui takes a little too much screen time and grates after a while. It’s the shortest of short stories, and might have worked better had it just been the hour with a tighter narrative and less meandering. Still – it does ask a question that I’m not sure I could answer either in their position – and I did quite enjoy watching it.
“Knock at the Cabin” is a suspenseful, thriller with horror elements that wastes no time in its execution. After less than five minutes, the idyllic vacation choice of Eric and Andrew, dads to Wen, is turned into a nightmare home invasion. Leonard ( Dave Bautista ) tries to engage with Wen showing gentleness and countering the stereotype his muscular size conveys. Happily catching grasshoppers together, Leonard and Wen discuss family and future ambition. However once Leonard is joined by his three other companions his insistence and subsequent forceful entry to the cabin makes his character seem far more sinister.
Denial and paranoia set the tone as the four invading characters disclose their backgrounds and cult like vision that has set them on a mission to save the World from the Apocalypse. During back and forth conversations and threat of death, love and compassion strongly prevails even after some graphic killing. When faced with the reality of the home invaders reasoning for their actions, Eric and Andrew’s rising panic with each separate revelation fuels suffocating tension that continues to grow until the final moments. With very clever use of the four headless horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the persuasive nature of Leonard, eventually Eric and Andrew believe what they are being told.
Throughout “Knock at the Cabin” M. Night Shyamalan’s direction keeps the audience constantly questioning. Are the events unfolding on screen actually real or just cult like paranoia twisting events to suit their agenda. With excellent performances and great use of lighting and cinematography to convey fear and rising tension, “Knock at the Cabin” is an engaging end of the World thriller.
Not just a knock, but another bang in the Renaissance of the enigmatic yet polarizing M. Night.
Shyamalan gets the most extremes sides far as reactions. People either love or hate his movies for his bizarre yet ambitious signature style. The fact that he approaches his films with a “swing away” attitude has gained my utmost respect since his mega hit Sixth Sense. Along the way there’s been some strikeouts but within the last decade he’s created a Renaissance for his films.
This particular book adaptation is yet another hit, and will be sure to get people talking. The premise starts out rather straightforward and you quickly find out the stakes are high and massive. The story will grab hold of you and shake you to the core with twists that even though you know are coming will still be shocking even for M Night’s catalogue.
The acting is absolutely next level with Dave Bautista and Jonathan Groff putting in their raw emotions and prowess into every scene. They will make you feel the story relentlessly . The writing here is also relative and gutsy. The camerawork is as crisp as ever with fantastic wilderness settings and supreme angle work. The cgi for certain scenes used looks authentic and never cheap. The true standout has to once again be the leaps that the plot takes going into to daring territory . It never holds back which is commendable in a time like this.
Overall I would easily say that this film will be looked at as one of his stronger ventures and is highly thought provoking to a point where you’ll need a second viewing. It gives the classic Shyamalan wonder and curiosity that make him one of the most intriguing directors /story tellers of our time.
I loved Knock at the Cabin! I’m the 3rd person to give a 10.
M Night Shyamalan’s most disturbing movie yet and regardless what anyone thinks of his films he gets riveting performances out of the actors! The only film of his that is truly rubbish is The Happening and the only other one of his that is R-Rated. Anyways about Knock at the Cabin it’s so smoothly written, engaging, disturbing, memorable, and brilliant apocalypse story! I’m sure my review will get mixed vibes which is fair, I’m happy to be one of the odd ones out. The group of menacing characters were outstanding especially Dave Bautista and so were the 3 leads especially Ben Aldridge, Jonathan Groff and Kristen Cui were great throughout. I’m one of few that appreciates the way things plays out.
Original Language en
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director M. Night Shyamalan
Writer M. Night Shyamalan, Steve Desmond, Michael Sherman
Actors Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge
Country United States
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