Rent Knock at the Cabin (2023)

3.1 of 5 from 320 ratings
1h 35min
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Synopsis:
From visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan comes a thriller about a tight-knit family who are taken hostage by four armed strangers while vacationing at a remote cabin. The visitors, led by Dave Bautista, demand that the young girl and her parents make an unthinkable choice: to save their family or save humanity.
Actors:
, , , , , , Kristen Cui, , Ian Merrill Peakes, Denise Nakano, Rose Luardo, Billy Vargus, , , , Odera Adimorah, , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Marc Bienstock, Ashwin Rajan, M. Night Shyamalan
Writers:
Paul Tremblay, M. Night Shyamalan, Steve Desmond, Michael Sherman
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/05/2023
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Chowblaster Infomercial - Extended
  • Choosing Wisely: Behind the Scenes of Knock at The Cabin
  • Tools of the Apocalypse
  • Drawing a Picture
  • Kristen Cui Shines a Light
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/05/2023
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Atmos, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Atmos, Italian Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Chowblaster Infomercial - Extended
  • Choosing Wisely: Behind the Scenes of 'Knock at the Cabin'
  • Tools of the Apocalypse
  • Drawing a Picture
  • Kristen Cui Shines a Light
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/05/2023
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Atmos, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Atmos, Italian Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Chowblaster Infomercial - Extended
  • Choosing Wisely: Behind the Scenes of 'Knock at the Cabin'
  • Tools of the Apocalypse
  • Drawing a Picture
  • Kristen Cui Shines a Light

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Reviews (5) of Knock at the Cabin

Tense thriller - Knock at the Cabin review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
30/05/2023

The latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan is as tense as that opening scene in Inglorious Basterds. Most of it takes place in a cabin in the woods where a male couple and their adopted daughter are forced to make a kinda Sophie’s Choice: either one of them kills one of the others or mankind ends. It sounds preposterous, but so was The Sixth Sense and that worked. And we do get to see convincing apocalyptic scenes such as planes falling out of the sky.

The family are given this choice by a quartet of (very strange) strangers that burst in on them, but it’s not a home invasion movie as the incomers are not bad guys – they’re in as much peril as the family and have come to help them make the necessary choice. It’s hard to take the premise seriously and there’s no way it can lead to a satisfying climax, but it does hold the attention throughout with some tense and exciting action scenes.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Disappointing Horror - Knock at the Cabin review by GI

Spoiler Alert
23/07/2023

Another example of director M. Night Shyamalan setting up a big mystery and then spending two hours effectively letting the audience down. This is a bit of a clunker mainly because he fails to take to story in a suitable direction leading here to a silly and ridiculous ending. It's all high concept and little substance. A pity too because star Dave Bautista is really good here and shows how his sensitive side can shine through a character. He plays Leonard, who along with three others, arrives at the holiday cottage where a gay couple and their 8 year old daughter are having a holiday. Forcing their way in the set up is for a home invasion narrative but they quickly explain they are ordinary people joined by strange visions of an impending apocalypse of humanity. They explain that one of the family must be chosen and sacrificed to prevent this. Hereafter we have a drawn out story that tests the patience with flashbacks that seem to make the film drag even more. For a horror film it is light on anything bloody or scary with the camera tracking away to avoid anything unsightly. The pay off at the end is annoyingly ambiguous leaving a film where you groan in exasperation at a wasted opportunity.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Woke Trash - Knock at the Cabin review by KM

Spoiler Alert
15/08/2023

Ninety minutes of my life wasted on this garbage, another of those films for the "modern audience".

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Knock at the Cabin review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

The tone is the best part of M. Night Shyamalan’s many thrilling stories of horror and suspense. He has a great way of crafting scary situations that keep the audience guessing. The problem is that he usually gives up the game and provides a tactile explanation for what just transpired or the type of film you were secretly watching. This ranges from twists in characters (“I see dead people”) to twists of genres (Unbreakable and Split were secretly comic book movies all along!). Thankfully, Knock at the Cabin manages to hold onto that ambiguity of maintaining the uncertainty and doubt right up to the last scene. There’s no easy twist that explains everything this time.

The married couple, Eric (Jonathan Groff), Andrew (Ben Aldridge), and their daughter Wen are staying in a woodland cabin for vacation. While Wen catches grasshoppers outside, she’s approached by a stranger (Dave Bautista). The stranger is being friendly to her. Too friendly. He starts feeling wrong about what’s to follow when his three friends (Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abby Quinn, and Rupert Grint) arrive with weapons. The strangers have come to the cabin with the intent to stop the end of the world. The only way to prevent the apocalypse is to convince the married couple that one of them has to die. The strangers don’t want to force this choice but stress the time limit by killing their own every few hours. With each sacrifice, another tragedy befalls humanity. Or is it?

Andrew doesn’t believe this fantastical demand and has good reason not to take these people seriously. Everything about them sounds like a conspiracy group. Another part of their personality makes it seem like this is all a scheme to strike back against gay families. Eric, however, starts believing them. It could be how accurately they predict worldwide disasters. It could be the desperation in the eyes of strangers. It could be that Eric has a head injury that has altered his perceptions. There’s no clear answer. So who do you trust as the clock keeps ticking toward the supposed apocalypse?

As a mild spoiler, I guess I should state there’s no clear answer. You may walk away with your interpretation, but Shyamalan never holds the audience’s hand in this regard. He’s taken off the easy-resolve bumpers of his storytelling to present a picture with more to say about the nature of judging humanity, questioning sacrifice, erosion of trust, and conflicted sensations of doubt among faith. The only problem is that much this story skips on by that it doesn’t leave much room to explore the characters, coming off more like a slightly elongated Twilight Zone episode.

I loved how the film has a keener embrace of the scariness of this situation rather than finding simple answers. The staging of the many kills and fights throughout the cabin are brilliantly framed. When Bautista brings down an ax as the camera follows, cutting right before the brutal decapitation, it hits hard about the unhinged nature of the situation. Speaking of Bautista, he’s so good in this film where he’s the strongest among the entire cast but also the most terrified, pleading to be taken seriously. The entire cast also brings out their best, with Ben Aldridge’s furious desire to escape and Jonathan Groff’s empathetic nature.

Knock at the Cabin isn’t a perfect film, but it’s undoubtedly one of Shyamalan’s top films, for whatever small hurdle that may be. It has excellent tension throughout, making the rushed storytelling and somewhat open ending less distracting. Maybe Shyamalan should keep adapting books because he did a solid job with this picture.

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