“Ultimately, whether the world ends or not is completely up to you three.”Leonard
Knock at the Cabin is a variation on the home invasion movie where a group of strangers demand that a family sacrifices one their number to prevent an apocalypse. Much of the film is spent discussing whether the intruders are perpetrating a hoax, are deluded cultists, or genuinely come with divine purpose. A more intellectually rigorous script might have made this exploration enjoyable but the flimsy evidence offers little to critique. Shyamalan continues to assemble interesting casts — Dave Bautista is the standout here as Leonard, a softly spoken gentle giant, with support from the likes of stage veteran Jonathan Groff and Rupert Grint a world away from his typical comic relief, along with an impressively natural debut from 9-year-old Kristen Cui. That talent is underserved by the lacklustre script and direction which fail to garner the necessary audience buy-in. It sits a notch above Old, but it seems that mediocrity is now the best the once-heralded Shyamalan can be expected to deliver. Knock at the Cabin might have been a serviceable episode of one of the many dark anthology shows currently streaming but, as a film, it is an uninspired home invasion where everyone is an unwilling participant, including the audience.