Knock at the Cabin

Eric, Andrew, and their daughter Wen are vacationing in a remote cabin in the woods when four strangers arrive, requesting an unimaginable ultimatum — sacrifice one of their own or the world will end.

M. Night Shyamalan’s dark and stylish filmmaking make this one another win, and his best since Split. The inventive cinematography knows exactly how to make you anxious about what’s about to happen and when or when not to show what matters most, and his unpredictable style keeps this one-location movie exciting and unnerving. The atmosphere makes you attached to the main family within moments but questioning whether anyone here is truly a bad guy. Dave Bautista delivers his best on-screen work as a man who’s empathetic and understanding but also bringing forth a horrific choice for the protagonists to make, though all the “antagonists” show humanity and remorse, besides Rupert Grint’s character who feels the most like a caricature. Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge deliver exceptional performances having to endure panic, pain and disbelief while counting on each other’s love to make it through the situation. The tension escalates in jaw-dropping ways that’ll have you questioning the sides and genuinely fearing for the characters. Shyamalan gets rid of the unintentional humor or ludicrous plot turns of Old for a thriller that shows the character’s emotions and behavior much more realistically and makes a contained but chilling film that teeters between the line of humanity and insanity. A strong watch for fans of the horror and thriller genres that’s as emotionally gripping as it is edge-of-your-seat level intense.

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