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Knock at the Cabin

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Strange, gruesome, but effective thriller about compassion.

Movie R 2023 100 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+

On the edge of my seat!

This was a great psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It has suicide/violence which can be intense but it does send a good message about compassion and bonds we have with one another. Overall great movie and it is appropriate for anyone high school and above.
age 12+

An intense apocalyptic movie that may just be very well entertaining also!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (14 ):

M. Night Shyamalan's horror-thriller makes terrific use of its intimate scale and level-headed approach, generating suspense through suggestion and surprising empathy for the characters. Shyamalan doesn't usually do adaptations, but here he lets Paul Tremblay's novel The Cabin at the End of the World do all the heavy lifting. As a result, Knock at the Cabin showcases the director's singular, spatial visual style without crumbling under the lackluster writing that sometimes sabotages his work. That said, the movie does lose some of its suspense as it ramps up and reveals more information in the final act. But Knock at the Cabin starts economically and emotionally and rarely falters. Bautista sets the tone with his Leonard character, countering stereotypes often associated with large, muscular people by turning out to be gentle, thoughtful, and compassionate (he seems genuinely hurt at the suggestion that he might be lying about this apocalyptic scenario). For all of the threat and death on the line, the characters' tense, back-and-forth conversations are mainly about love and hope. And the fight between the worst of humanity and the best of humanity keeps viewers constantly guessing.

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