Leesah Sea’s review published on Letterboxd:
KNOCK AT THE CABIN is M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film supernatural thriller. If you had to choose between your family or all of humanity, what would you decide? This is the dilemma the family of Eric (Jonathan Groff), Andrew (Ben Aldrige), and Wen (Kristen Cui) are faced with.
No time is wasted as the tension begins to build right out of the gate. Leonard (Dave Bautista) slowly approaches a young Wen who is out in the woods catching grasshoppers. The use of closeups during this scene as the two talk is expertly handled and is so effective. From this scene, it’s only a matter of minutes before we’re plunged deep into a weird home invasion situation by these four doomsday zealots on the innocent family on vacation.
Shyamalan has a rather rocky record throughout his filmography but I have generally found something to enjoy in each of his films. He’s a director I find that I’m always excited to see his next project. This guy knows how to effectively shoot a scene. And he does it scene after scene after scene.
This was a well-cast, wonderfully acted (damnnn, Bautista), beautifully shot, and fast-paced film that I’m sure I will be watching time and time again.