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Starring: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn, Rupert Grint
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Horror thriller directed and co-written by M. Night Shyamalan. Knock at the Cabin (2023) centers on a young girl, Wen (Kristen Cui), and her parents, Eric and Andrew (Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge), who while vacationing at a remote cabin, are taken hostage by four armed strangers, led by Leonard (Dave Bautista), who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.
Wen: [to the grasshopper] I’m going to name you Kerolien after my friend at school. She’s really nice. But she farts in class sometimes and pretends like she didn’t. So, please don’t do that, because you’re sharing this jar now, and the others won’t like you if you smell. Okay?
Leonard: Hi there. I’m not from around here, but I was hoping to make some new friends. Can I talk to you for a little bit?
Wen: I don’t talk to strangers.
Leonard: Of course you don’t. You shouldn’t. You’re smart. But I’m here to be your friend. So, hopefully, we won’t be strangers for too long.
Wen: Why are you here? Leonard?
Leonard: Why am I here? Well, I suppose I’m here to make friends with you and your dads. Maybe catch some more grasshoppers.
Wen: My lip was broken when I was born. My dads said it took a lot of doctors to fix it.
Leonard: Well, I don’t have a scar like you. But if you could look inside, you’d see that my heart is broken.
Wen: Why is it broken?
Leonard: Because of what I have to do today.
Wen: What do you have to do?
Leonard: You’re my friend, Wen. No matter what happens, I want you to remember that.
Leonard: You see, the four of us have a very important job to do. In fact, it might be the most important job in the history of the world.
Leonard: This isn’t about you, Wen. Or your dads. Okay? You haven’t done anything wrong, but I’m afraid the three of you are going to have to make some tough decisions. Terrible decisions. And I wish with all my broken heart that you didn’t have to.
Wen: [to Eric and Andrew] You have to come inside right now! There’s strangers and they want to come in, and they’re scary!
Wen: There were four of them. The big one, his name’s Leonard. He says we have to help them. He says they have the most important job in the history of the world.
Andrew: Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Leonard: [as he knocks at their door] Hello in there. My name is Leonard, and I’m here with some associates of mine. Can you open the door, please?
Andrew: This guy is frigging huge.
Eric: What do we do?
Andrew: I don’t know. Tell them to go away nicely?
Andrew: [after they hear a knock at their cabin door] There’s a woman carrying something that looks like a pick with a chain and a mallet head at the end.
Wen: If you want to talk, then why do you, have those scary weapons with you?
Leonard: They’re not weapons, Wen. They’re tools.
Eric: They’re breaking in!
Sabrina: It doesn’t have to be like this.
Eric: [to Andrew] Get Wen out of here.
'Our choices make our destiny.' - Adriane (Knock at the Cabin) Click To Tweet
Leonard: Andrew, I assure you that we’re not here with hate or prejudice in our hearts. Not at all.
Leonard: I mean, we’re normal people just like you. We have no choice.
Andrew: There’s always a choice!
Leonard: Okay, you’re right, Andrew. There’s always a choice. So we choose to be here.
Leonard: It’s almost time.
Andrew: Time for what?
Leonard: They deserve to know who we are.
Redmond: We wasted time for this guy to wake up. You know, this get-to-know-you stuff doesn’t matter at all. Doesn’t change what we have to do, or what they have to do.
Leonard: When you say stuff like that, you sound how you sound. You just scare them. You make it less likely that they’ll believe us or cooperate.
Leonard: The four of us are here to prevent the apocalypse. We, and when I say “we”, I mean everyone in this cabin, can stop it from happening. But only with your help. Ultimately, whether the world ends or not is completely up to you three.
Leonard: Your family must choose to willingly sacrifice one of the three of you in order to prevent the apocalypse. After you make what I know is an impossible decision, you must then kill the one you choose. If you fail to choose, or if you fail to follow through with the sacrifice, the world will end. You three will live, but the rest of humanity, seven billion plus, will perish. And you will all live long enough to witness the horror of the end of everything. And you will be left to wander the devastated planet alone. Permanently and cosmically alone.
Leonard: You haven’t done anything wrong to deserve this burden. You’re just the family chosen to decide for us in this time.
Leonard: We’re not here to hurt you.
Leonard: You have to understand that we cannot and will not choose who is to be sacrificed for you. And just as importantly, we cannot act for you. And you cannot kill yourselves.
Andrew: We’re not choosing anyone. We’re not sacrificing anyone! Not now. No ever!
Sabrina: Even if it means the death of everyone else in the world?
Andrew: Yes. Even if I believe the world was at stake, which I don’t, that’s what it means. I would watch the world die a hundred times over before having to…
Redmond: Christ! Waste of time. They’re never going to choose to do this. And I don’t blame them.
'Trust in something more than you.' - Sabrina (Knock at the Cabin) Click To Tweet
Andrew: [to Leonard] There is something wrong with you, with all of you, if you believe this.
Leonard: The skies will fall and crash to the earth like pieces of glass. And God’s fingers will scorch the earth, and an everlasting darkness will descend over humanity.
Andrew: You need help!
Leonard: This is going to happen. And we’ve been shown that only your sacrifice can stop it.
Andrew: [to Leonard] You sound like every fake doomsdayer on every corner of every city.
Leonard: For every “no” you give us, we will unleash a plague for the sins of humanity. Will you make a choice?
Andrew: [as Leonard and the others decide to sacrifice Redmond] Whatever it is you’re convinced of, it isn’t real. This isn’t real.
'They say if you can make an egg great, you can do anything.' - Adriane (Knock at the Cabin) Click To Tweet
Andrew: [to Leonard] Go f*** yourself, Mister Rogers.
Leonard: I explained to you what would happen as a result of you not choosing. A plague will be released by Redmond’s death.
Andrew: You have to listen to me. I remember, but this doesn’t mean anything.
Andrew: I’ll stay. And we can talk about doomsday, or the apocalypse, or mass traumatic events of the 21st century all you want.