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Movie Review: Knock at the Cabin

M. Night Shyamalan’s new film, based on Paul Tremblay’s novel ‘The Cabin at the End of the World’ , is an honest interpretation of the material, even when it expands on the ending of the book.

For those who haven’t read the book, ‘Knock at the Cabin’ follows Wen and her adoptive gay fathers as their vacation home is invaded by four strangers. The strangers, led by Leonard (Dave Bautista), try to convince the fathers to sacrifice one of their family willingly to keep the apocalypse from happening, kind of a take on the four horseman of the apocalypse.

The film relies heavily on Shyamalam’s ability to use faith in God, or lack there of, in his films. Much like ‘Signs’, whether you believe in God is irrelevant because he will effect your life anyway. In a departure from the book which has an ambiguous ending, leaving the reader to choose what they believe, Shyamalan takes the film all the way through to resolution. I like this ending, but I’m not a book purist in this case.

Knock at the Cabin’ doesn’t quite reach the heights of ‘The Sixth Sense‘, but is a far better outing than the worst of his films (After Earth, The happening). It’s well acted, especially by Dave Bautista who is exceptional in this. A tight, moving film that leaves most of the novel’s gore off screen but still has the most horrifying moments that made the book a good read.

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