Knock at the Cabin

Find out whether these 4 strangers are crazy or not.

Could the four people invading the cabin of a gay couple and their adoptive daughter really be trying to prevent the apocalypse from happening or are they crazy people in some kind of a cult? That’s the question that’s often asked in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film “Knock at the Cabin.” Last week, I ran into a religious group of people, who saw the rapture film “Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist,” and I didn’t have the heart to tell them I’m terrified of the doomsday clock. It doesn’t matter whether or not I enjoy movies like “This is the End” or “Greenland,” please don’t joke to me about the subject. Not even in the comments section.

If I didn’t like Shyamalan’s last two entries “Glass” and “Old,” then why was I curious about this one? Maybe because it represents my fear, or maybe it represents something deeper within the main victims, who have dealt with homophobia in their lives.

Even if the story (taken from Paul Tremblay’s horror novel “The Cabin at the End of the World”) is predictable in certain aspects, I still was curious about how Shyamalan would handle the story, and because of my fear, I was still curious to find out what happens.

The two gay characters-Eric (Jonathan Groff) and Andrew (Ben Aldridge)-and their adoptive daughter Wen (Kristen Coi) have all done nothing wrong, and they’re all far from bad people. The strangers all acknowledge that and are sadden to say they are the family chosen to make the horrible decision. Humanity will perish in various stages, unless they sacrifice one of their own. The strangers can’t kill them, and suicide is also forbidden.

Andrew is the one who disbelieves them. I mean, how could he believe them? People on the streets say “The world is ending,” the fake news says: “The world is ending.” And even when his family is shown news reports of how their choices affect the world, Andrew is still in denial.

I must let you know the names of the four strangers. There’s the kind leader Leonard (Dave Bautista), the nurse Sabrina (Nikki Amuka-Bird), the impatient Redmond (Rupert Grint, A.K.A. Ron Weasley), and the mother Adriane (Abby Quinn). They have to follow the rules in order to save the world, even if it results in their own deaths.

I would have believed this group of people, but I would also be shattered that one of my family members has to die for the sake of humanity. “Knock at the Cabin” allows me to thrive on the story, by seeing something personal within the two gay characters-emotionally portrayed by Groff and Adridge-and seeing whatever humanity the leader-memorably played by Bautista-has in him. Are these guys right and this group of people are crazy or are these guys wrong and these people are right? That’s a good question.

If you thought I spoiled the film by saying the news reports confirm the early stages of the apocalypse, then you didn’t see the trailers that beat me to the punch. Besides, the twist is a little more complex than I’m describing. It certainly pays off better than how the hotel snacks made those people on beach grow old in “Old.” Besides my stomach was praying humanity would endure.

Rating: 3 out of 4.

Categories: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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