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Knock at the Cabin - Review

The Most Important Job in the History of the World. 3 / 5

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

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.

A family faces a seemingly impossible choice as the end of the world comes to Knock at the Cabin.

M. Night Shyamalan has got himself a reputation for dividing audiences with his obscure narratives and puzzling twists and though this is a more intimate film than some of his past work, the stakes have never been higher.

Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, a family is told they have the choice to save or doom the world by a group of passionate home invaders who have been sent to stop the apparent impending apocalypse.

A standout Dave Bautista leads the group who have to convince the understandably scared and confused couple that they speak the truth which leads to paranoia building both in the cabin and the cinema as we are all forced to pick a side.

As claustrophobia sets in, the film begins to fall flat as uncertainty only stretches so far before leading into another twisted Shyamalan third act. Jonathan Groff's calmed confusion and Ben Aldridge's worried rage play off each other well as they attempt to solve this mystery box which though enticing on the surface slowly reveals itself to be a hollow and uneventful thriller.

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