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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Knock at the Cabin - A Mysterious Knock That Keeps You Guessing

Updated: May 10, 2023

Rating: ★★★★

Release Date 02-03-2023 Watched 02-05-2023 Reviewed 04-06-2023

Viewed in Theater - Using Cinemark Movie Club

“The Four Of Us Are Here To Prevent The Apocalypse.”

M. Night Shyamalan's "Knock at the Cabin" delivers an engrossing blend of suspense, mystery, and unexpected twists, proving that he remains a master of crafting stories that defy expectations and challenge viewer perceptions.

The plot revolves around a family of three taking a vacation to a secluded cabin in the woods. Their idyllic retreat is soon disrupted by an unsettling knock on the cabin door, and the family is plunged into a psychological maze that will test their relationships and their sanity.

The talented cast, featuring Dave Bautista as Leonard, Rupert Grint as Redmond, and Kristen Cui as Wen, carries the film with their exceptional performances. Bautista's portrayal of the leader of the group of four sent to deliver an ultimatum to the family, Grint's turn as the enigmatic and brutal Redmond, and Cui's sensitive depiction of the strong-willed seven-year-old Wen, all contribute to the mounting tension and fear that overtakes the family. The chemistry between the cast members is palpable, making the required choices of the family both compelling and heart-wrenching.

Despite its strengths, "Knock at the Cabin" occasionally stumbles with pacing issues and some heavy-handed dialogue. These shortcomings prevent the film from reaching its full potential and may leave some viewers feeling that the story could have been more tightly woven.

Nevertheless, Shyamalan's fans and those who appreciate psychological thrillers will undoubtedly find "Knock at the Cabin" satisfying. Its thought-provoking twists and turns are sure to keep audiences talking long after the credits roll. This film is a must-see for those who enjoy the darker side of cinema and appreciate a captivating, atmospheric mystery.

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