The Sixth Sense turned out to be filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s breakthrough, which became a hit with audiences and critics and even earned the filmmaker an Oscar nomination. That movie also had an unexpected resolution, perhaps one of the most famous in modern movie history, and with sequels like unbreakable, Signsand The village all with unexpected revelations in their finales, Shyamalan gained a reputation for his “twist” endings, an expectation he has a hard time escaping. Of Knock on the hut now in theaters and based on the novel by Paul G. Tremblay The cabin at the end of the worldthe public wondered if there was another surprise in store for them, and now we have our answers.
WARNING: Major spoilers below for Knock at the Cabin and The Cabin at the End of the World below
Both the book and movie feature a family vacationing in a cabin being attacked by a group of strangers who claim they have all had apocalyptic visions. Leonard (Dave Bautista) reveals that if the family chooses a member to sacrifice, they can prevent the global apocalypse. Understandably, since the family doubts these claims, the strangers begin to sacrifice themselves one by one to show that such sacrifices create devastating tragedy.
In short, no, there is no twist ending that offers a revealing change that retroactively changes the events that preceded it. Despite not getting a traditional twist, the film does deliver a somewhat unexpected ending.
The first apocalyptic event to take place is a massive tsunami off the coast of Oregon, the next is a deadly virus breaking out in several cities, and the third sees planes inexplicably fall from the sky all over the world. With a father in the family Eric (Jonathan Groff) suffering a concussion, at least he believes these events are actually related to the cabin. When Leonard, the last of the surviving invaders, sacrifices himself, lightning begins to strike near the cabin, possibly signaling the apocalypse.
Eric convinces his husband Andrew (Ben Aldridge) to kill him, describing how he knows he and their daughter Wen (Kristen Cui) will have a great life, even in the event of his death. Andrew makes the sacrifice happen and leaves the cabin with Wen. At the local restaurant, they stop by to see the patrons watching TV and witnessing the survivors of the various tragedies and that those events are under control. It remains at least somewhat unclear whether Eric’s death prevented the apocalypse, with all that apparently matters is that the tragedies stopped.
In Tremblay’s novel, things are left a bit more ambiguous, but include other tragic events as well.
In the book, Andrew escapes the cabin before the second intruder is sacrificed and takes his gun. As he kills that intruder, a battle over the weapon with Leonard kills Wen. Guilt causes Leonard to get tied up, while the remaining intruder, Sabrina, begins to question the mission. After killing Leonard, Sabrina takes Andrew and Eric to the car the intruders came to the cabin in, though she also kills herself. Eric initially offers to commit suicide as Leonard claimed that Wen’s sacrifice was not enough as it was an accident and their visions stated that the sacrifice must be a willing participant. Andrew refuses to live without Eric or make a sacrifice to a God that Wen wouldn’t consider a worthy sacrifice, with the book ending on a more ambiguous and unresolved note.
While some audiences may consider Knock on the hut to have a twist, at least compared to the source material that omits important answers about the situation, when speaking relatively of revelations in other Shyamalan films, this latest film avoids shocking revelations in the final scenes.
Knock on the hut is in theaters now.
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