M. Night Shyamalan’s movies has always been alright with me. The last movie I saw that M. Night Shyamalan made was Old which I was alright about. So when I saw M. Night Shyamalan was releasking Knock at the Cabin the first weekend of February, I wasn’t actaully all into seeing this. But I decided in the end to go see this in theaters because the premise of the plot got me interested in enough, plus Ruper Grint was in it. But after watching this movie, I can confidently say this isn’t a movie that deserves your attention to see in the theaters . . . just wait for it to rent.
This movie follows Eric and Andrew and thier daughter Wen who is staying on vacation at a cabin in the woods. When four strangers appear at the door, they force their way in to tell them that they have to make a choice, either sacrifice one of them or watch the end of the earth unfold. It was because of this plot that actually got me interested enough in seeing it. I really didn’t have much expectations going into this film, but the plots eemed good enough to see how it would unfold.
This movie in a lot of ways got me annoyed. For one I disliked Andrew; he was such a hard character to swallow and actually want him on screen. He was annoying because for me he just wouldn’t shut the f–k up and actually just listen to what the 4 strangers had to say. Eric was the sensible one who I felt like in the end seemed like he was actually believing all this, he just wouldn’t admit ut because of out of family love. Wen was also a fun character to watch, but my favorite character was the one Rupert Grint played, Redmond. It was so sad that to see him off screen in a matter of the like the first 10 to 15 minutes!
Another thing I got annoyed at the movie was the dialouge. The dialouge in more than one way seemed utter nonsense and at times it seemed like it was made right on the spot sometimes. . . I also wished that they fleshed out the plot a bit more and the main characters. I mean, this movie had a lot of faults that got me a bit frustrated on watching it. The flashback memories were trying to add character to the main characters, but in my end it seemed really unneeded. We could have used those time they used for flashbacks to expand more on the plot.
The movie in the end did have some good qaulity redeeming things. I really loved how actually this movie had a few tense moments, and I really enjoyed the plot and ther soundtrack and how it literallt got the point of the movie. I felt like this movie could have been more thrilling and more intense, but it felt a bit restrained. The soundtrack added a good nice touch to the nice, intense, rich build up of the story. And I can’t keep on helping but keep on thinking how good the premise was . . . and M. Night Shyamalan didn’t do justice to it!
Overall, this film has some nice, tense moments with a good soundtrack, but it felt frustrated to watch because Andrew was such a struggle to watch and the dialouge I couldn’t take serisou enough. The plot and the characters could have been fleshed out more to be more enjoyable, and in the end: it felt good at times, but it struggled to make the characters enjoyable to watch or make the plot more interesting without ruining the already good premise!
Knock at the Cabin
Directed: M. Night Shyamalan
Writers: M. Night Shyamalan, Steve Desmond, and Michael Sherman
Film Editors: Noemi Katharina Preiswerk
Executive Producers: Ashley Fox, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, and Steven Schneider
Producers: Marc Bienstock, Ashwin Rajan, and M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Abby Quin, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rupert Grint, and Kristen Cui
Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
Releasers: Universal Pictures
Released: February 3rd, 2023
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