Knock at the Cabin


Knock at the Cabin is M. Night Shyamalan’s newest story, which is an adaptation of the thriller novel “The Cabin at the End of the World”. A family of three, a young girl and her fathers, vacation to a remote cabin. This pleasant trip takes a turn when 4 strangers arrive to the cabin and restrain the family. These strangers tell the family that they must make a terrible decision, willingly sacrifice one of their own or let the entire world perish.

What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers of Knock at the Cabin.

The Good

While all characters in Knock at the Cabin are well portrayed, by far the best is Leonard, played by Dave Bautista. Leonard, a 2nd grade teacher and basketball coach, seems to be the leader of the 4 strangers. Bautista does an amazing job capturing the demeanor of a second-grade teacher, when trying to control the situation and calm down Wen. He makes it clear with his body language that he is doing something he truly does not want to do, but knows he must.

I also enjoyed how the story was laid out. Since I have not read the book, I did not know how the story would unfold. I, like the characters being held hostage, continually questioned whether or not what these strangers were saying was actually true. I sided with Andrew in the beginning, as he would explain away the events as they unfolded. It wasn’t until the 3rd consequence, that I flipped sides and started believing that what Leonard was saying must be true.

The Bad

The biggest problem I have with this film is the lack of any desire to rewatch it. The first watch was entertaining, but once it ended, I had no desire to go back and watch it again. A good thriller is one where after watching it, and having the shocking ending revealed, viewers want to go back and rewatch the film to find clues or any foreshadowing that they missed. M. Night Shyamalan succeeded at this greatly with The Sixth Sense, but missed the mark with this film.

My Overall Opinion

I give Knock at the Cabin a 7 out of 10

Knock at the Cabin is an entertaining story that has audiences questioning what side they believe. Bautista has a stellar performance playing a 2nd grade teacher who is being forced to commit acts that go against his moral character. I think Knock at the Cabin is defiantly worth a watch. Sadly, once you have enjoyed the film, you will agree that you don’t need to watch it again.



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