“Knock at the Cabin” impresses audiences

Unique storytelling of a simple plot

Mohammad Najimi, Staff Writer

The new horror film titled “Knock at the Cabin” presented a unique but simple plot that had its audiences enthralled throughout. The choice wasn’t an easy one to make but it was one that would cause “End of the World” complications. 

As the mysterious opening scene gave viewers a little taste of what’s going to happen throughout the film. It showed the calmness from the antagonists and the urgency of the matter at hands. It allowed the audience to form different scenarios that could happen and ended with a different ending than how Paul Tremblay’s novel “The Cabin at the End of the World” did.

Given an impossible choice to make in a short time frame and, as expected, Andrew and Eric were reluctant to do it. It was an impossible choice for anyone to make, but the choice was eventually made. This movie was different from other mystery movies as it forced some sacrifices that no one would think would happen. 

The movie was set in a cabin in the woods with nothing but trees in a 10-mile radius. It was remote so cell service was shaky, but good. Even with that cell service, it was cut by the antagonists before the couple could call 9-1-1. 

The daughter of the couple, whose name was Wen, was taught very well in not talking to strangers, informing her parents about the intruders, and attempting to get help when she escaped from the house. 

The cinematography for this film was intense as it displayed the urgency from the antagonists for a choice to be made from the couple and the reluctance from the couple to make that choice. It showed the attempts to escape from the couple and their adopted daughter and how it ultimately failed every time. The antagonists were portrayed as normal people doing what they can to save the world and the couple were insistent on not making that decision.

The standout actor for this movie was Dave Bautista who portrayed Leonard. Bautista is a famous WWE wrestler turned actor that didn’t just portray action stars like John Cena and Dwayne Johnson. He made his path in acting in a different way. 

He starred in movies that would give him the chance to show the world of his flexibility in completely different personalities and this movie stretched his flexibility even more. Other standouts in this movie are Ben Aldridge as Andrew and Nikki Amuka-Bird as Sabrina.

I would recommend anyone to watch it as it’s a unique, edge of your seat, and thrilling movie that M Night has made. It makes you rethink who is right in the situation and keeps the audience invested in the simple and straightforward plot.