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Knock at the Cabin (2023)

Directed by:
M. Night Shyamalan

COUNTRY
United States

GENRE
Horror/Psychological thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Knock at the Cabin

RUNNING TIME
100 minutes

Produced by:
M. Night Shyamalan
Marc Bienstock
Ashwin Rajan
Written by (based on "The Cabin at the End of the World" by Paul G. Tremblay):
M. Night Shyamalan
Steve Desmond
Michael Sherman


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Leonard Brocht

Dave Bautista

Eric

Jonathan Groff

Andrew

Ben Aldridge

Sabrina

Nikki Amuka-Bird

Redmond

Rupert Grint

Adriane

Abby Quinn

 

Review

With his previous film, Old, M. Night Shyamalan took a good idea and ultimately went a little overboard. Not exactly an unusual trait for his less successful films. With his latest feature, Knock at the Cabin, the opposite might for once be the case. Again, the premise is promising: A small family consisting of two dads and their adopted 7-year-old staying at a rented cabin in the woods of Pennsylvania are approached by four visitors who claim that the world is coming to an end, unless certain conditions are met. The power is put in the hands of our protagonists. And the tension soon becomes palpable, not least thanks to Shyamalan's characteristic ability to infuse his scenes with an undercurrent of terror. The early to middle parts of Knock at the Cabin are the most effective. The hopelessness of the situation really gets to you. And the film's equilibrium lies in the trustworthyness of the visitors. Are they crazed cultists? Or are they... well crazed cultists who happen to be right? Unfortunately, Knock at the Cabin is not quite able to maintain neither its early suspense or our intellectual interest. Shyamalan once became known for his clever turning points and revelations. And although these aren't necessarily the make or break for his films, the lack of such may sometimes lead him to overnarration and simplifcations which can give his films a certain aura of unsophistication.

Copyright 26.01.2024 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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