Thursday, February 2, 2023

Knock at the Cabin Movie Review

Dave Bautista, Abby Quinn & Nikki Amuka-Bird (r) stars in Knock at the Cabin

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Rotten Tomatoes Plot: While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents 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. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Starring: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn and Rupert Grint.

What's Good: He's not perfect (Glass, The Happening) but Shyamalan knows how to write a good story, and (often) conveys it to film with equal aplomb. Knock at the Cabin is relatively short (100 minutes) riveting (from beginning to end) and dare I say... fun despite (or because of) its apocalyptic subject matter. The acting's hit or miss, but Bautista is a bonafide winner as the guy with "the most important job in the history of the world."

What's Not: If you're looking for answers (i.e. why is this happening?) prepare to be disappointed. Shyamalan's tale requires a leap of faith (or two, or three) but it doesn't make the movie any less entertaining. 

Budget: $20 million

Runtime: 100 minutes (Perfect!)

Target Audience: (Fans of) M. Night. Shyamalan.

Bottom Line: I'm a big fan of Shyamalan (even of late) and if the end of the world is your "thing," you're probably going to like what you see. It's not The Sixth Sense or Unbreakable, but it's the most captivating movie I've seen in quite a while.

Grade: B