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Review: 'Knock at the Cabin' is superb

Knock at the Cabin

M. Night Shyamalan's new thriller, "Knock at the Cabin" is now playing in theaters. Photo from CBS News

Chloe Gregg

Five out of Five Stars

By Chloe Gregg
Editor in Chief

“Knock at the Cabin” is a new horror thriller by infamous movie director M. Night Shyamalan, the director of movies such as “The Sixth Sense,” “Split” and “Old.” It opened in theaters last weekend.

Unlike some of his other works, “Knock at the Cabin” has a relatively simple plot with very few huge twists and turns throughout. I was able to predict the end of the movie pretty quickly, but that doesn’t at all mean that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the movie.

This movie is about a small family with two fathers, Andrew and Eric (played by Ben Aldridge and Jonathan Groff, respectively) and their child, Wen (played by Kristen Cui), who are all visiting a cabin for a little getaway.

While Wen is playing outside, they are approached by four strangers, Leonard (played by Dave Bautista), Redmond (played by Rupert Grint), Adriane (played by Abby Quinn) and Sabrina (played by Nikki Amuka-Bird), who say that they have come because the world is going to end.

The four strangers very quickly tie the family up and tell them that they must choose for one of them to die in order for the world to not end. This begins the struggle between the family and the strangers as the family tries to free themselves from being held hostage.

This was a very good movie, and it was shot with superb cinematography. I really loved the close-up shots; it made the movie super suspenseful. And all of the acting was truly phenomenal!

Personally, I liked that this movie was rather straight forward, compared to other M. Night Shyamalan movies. For me, the twists he puts in oftentimes ruin the movie, so I was pleasantly surprised that this movie had a predictable ending.

If you like movies like “The Strangers” or “Purge,” or other held-hostage thriller movies, you will definitely love this.

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