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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.
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“Knock at the Cabin marks the triumphant comeback of M. Night Shyamalan, who possibly delivers his best film since Signs! With the help of a superb cast led by the phenomenal Dave Bautista – career-best performance – the filmmaker explores the emotional complexity found in the profound moral dilemmas placed upon human beings when faced with life-and-death decisions. Total focus on a single location with persistent cinematography (Jarin Blaschke) and immersive sound production, generating an atmosphere charged with excruciating tension. Extraordinarily gripping from start to finish. The next cult classic is born.”
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.
Knock knock. Who’s there. Cabin.
Cabin who? Ya, it’s all I got, and that’s about as exciting as M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin. The premise of the story was very intriguing, and the casting and performances – especially Bautista, were spot on. But Shyamalan’s execution felt more like something you’d expect from an amateur filmmaker. His artistic attempts with all the off-center shots – such as an actors face in the bottom right corner of the entire screen, became annoying fast, especially when it came to the dramatic gore scenes, that seemed to be edited down for 10 year old viewers. Even the backstory of the two dads was boring and pretty much insignificant to the core premise of the film, especially when the narrative was based on “pure love”. Ya, ok, nothing pure about those two in those backstories, that also lacked anything of substance to make me care for either dad. His screenplay lacked the creativity to give the viewer the thrills and shock-factor this film really needed to give it some bite. At least throw in a twist or two to offset the generic and predictable storytelling. Nevertheless, still a decent one-time watch, but could’ve easily been so much better.
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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