Based on the novel “The Cabin at the End of the World,” the newest film from director M. Night Shyamalan is a tense thriller with great performances and a creepy atmosphere, despite having a screenplay that makes no sense. “Knock at the Cabin” features an interesting concept about forcing a family to sacrifice one of their own to save the world. Shyamalan’s screenplay has the same problems we’ve seen in his past films. These problems include ridiculous twist endings, annoying character quirks, and dialogue being silly at the worst time to be in the movie. Despite these problems, his direction and scenery are impressive, and you feel claustrophobia within the cabin. Dave Bautista delivers an excellent performance as the leader of the strangers who believe that the world will unless a sacrifice is made. The supporting cast consisting of Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn, and Rupert Grint all give great performances in the film. “Knock at the Cabin,” despite its numerous flaws within its storytelling, is an impressive film thanks to M. Night Shyamalan’s superb direction, an interesting theme about family and survival, and a fantastic lead performance by Dave Bautista.
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