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