There is nothing more terrifying than a home invasion. The idea that you aren’t safe in your own home. That your children aren’t safe out in their yard. Because of that, the opening of M. Night Shyamalan’s KNOCK AT THE CABIN is particularly unsettling. Leonard Brocht (Dave Bautista) is a large, imposing figure, who comes out of the woods, running into young Wen (Kristen Cui), playing in front of her parents cabin. He talks about being friends and ask what she is doing. He then plays with her. This simple act is similar to what a kidnapper would do. So it is uncomfortable to watch. There is something foreboding in the air and it only intensifies when Wen feels uncomfortable and goes inside to her parents Eric (Jonathan Groff) and Andrew (Ben Aldridge). Then comes the knock at the cabin.
We soon learn that Leonard is not alone. He is accompanied by Redmond (Rupert Grint), Adrine (Abby Quinn), Sabrina (Nikki Amuka-Bird) and their ask is a horrifying proposition. One of the family must sacrifice another to stave off the apocalypse. The “four horsemen” cannot kill one of them. But every time they are asked to make a choice and they refuse, one of the four will sacrifice themselves. Who will survive?
The latest from M. Night Shyamalan is a twisted almost Twilight Zone Episode. Dark and unnerving, simple but effective. The deaths are shocking and the inevitable breakdown of trusts is haunting.
This is a solid film that creates discussion with every decision. The film is bleak but ends with hope in the best way possible. This film, along with OLD, is probably Shyamalan’s best work since UNBREAKABLE. Don’t cheat yourself! See it!
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