Knock at the Cabin Plot And Ending Explained, So what is the real ending?

Knock at the Cabin Plot Synopsis


  The presentation is very simple and in line with the home invasion thrillers we’ve seen a few times before, but in true Shyamalan style with a bit of a twist. The film opens and we are immediately introduced to a lovely girl who collects grasshoppers named Wen. He’s on vacation with his dads, Eric and Andrew.  



When Wen is approached by Leonard, a magnificent mountain of muscle, he promises to be his friend, but must be let into his cabin with friends armed with intimidating weapons. It soon becomes clear that this is no simple invasion (nor are these Jehovah’s Witnesses, as Andrew and Eric comically suggest).

  Leonard informs the family that they must make an impossible choice to prevent the apocalypse from destroying all life on this planet. Are they telling the truth? Or is it a big, elaborate hoax?  



 What does Leonard and his friends represent?

  In the movie, we are told that Leonard, Sabrina, Redmond and Ardiane are the incarnations of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They represent a different side of humanity, but instead of the dark, biblical representation of Death, Famine, War, and Conquest, Eric believes they actually represent the virtues of humanity—nurture, healing, repentance, and leadership.  



 One after the other, each of the four sacrifices himself, saying, “Part of humanity is judged.” They then serve as sacrificial lambs, intended to be a vessel to convince our heroes to prevent the apocalypse.  




  Are Andrew and Eric making the ultimate sacrifice?

  As the film moves into its final act, Andrew and Eric are both freed from their bond thanks to Wen, who makes a big scene in front of Leonard and Sabrina. Andrew goes outside and grabs a gun from the trunk, and when he returns he forces Leonard into the bathroom.  


 However, Leonard breaks the window, prompting them to look in, and in true boneheaded horror fashion, Andrew lets his guard down and is taken out by Leonard, who reverses the two men’s situation as he opens the door.

  When Leonard sacrifices himself, we see the apocalypse unfold (we’ll come back to this point in a minute) while Wen goes to the tree house alone. As storm clouds gather and thunder rolls in, a plane whistles and explodes from the sky.



While listening to Wen’s music in the tree house, Leonard commits suicide and slits his own throat. As he did so, a bolt of lightning struck a tree near the tree house. Now, one might see this as a harbinger of a terrible accident to come, but don’t worry, dear readers, nothing is coming of it.

  Instead, Andrew and Eric talk in the cabin and briefly reminisce about everything that brought them to this point. Eric believes that the family should have witnessed these deaths to bring them closer to the pivotal moment when one shot the other. Eric paints a perfect picture of the older, happier Wen’s successful business and a healthy-looking Andrew with him, and the couple heading out together. Eric insists that he be the victim, and as we cut to the outside of the cabin, a gunshot is heard.  




 Has the apocalypse stopped?

  Andrew goes to the treehouse and comforts Wen as the pair walk away from the burning cabin, catching the light of the forest after this storm. They find Leonard’s truck on the side of the road and prove that the four “horsemen” inside are actually the average, everyday people they pretend to be.  



 The couple is driving down the road and stops at a nearby diner. People survive the storms and are still alive, and a separate report confirms that the pandemic is now under control. Eventually, the planes stopped falling from the sky, and the danger seemed to be completely gone.

  Back in the car, Andrew and Ven turn on the radio and are shocked to discover that Eric’s favorite song is playing. We see the same song in a flashback as the trio head to the cabin, but this time we hear KC and The Sunshine Band’s “Boogie Shoes.” Reluctant to start, the couple eventually let the radio continue to play.




  So was the apocalypse real?

  The film is fairly ambiguous at this point, leaving you to make up your own mind about what’s going on. On the one hand, The Four Horsemen is certainly true to these four strangers finding each other and “grazing” into the cabin, and Leonard having the reporter say the exact words on TV before speaking them makes one believe his visions. it was real.

  If that wasn’t enough, things suddenly pick up right after Eric’s death. Finally, Eric saw a glow in the mirror, which he interpreted as a divine premonition of his impending death. Many reports of near-death experiences over the years have spoken of seeing a figure and a light, so it certainly seems true.

  The visions Leonard and others have seen also point to God’s giving, another biblical nod to apocalyptic events around the world.  



 Is there evidence that this is a huge hoax?
  
Like Eric and Andrew’s alternative relationship to life, The Other Side of the Coin hints that it’s all a complete game and is all concocted by Leonard.

  We know Redmond confronted Andrew and Eric in a bar a few years ago in a homophobic attack. It certainly gave him the incentive to find them again and strike back. The film also plays with this mass psychosis and back-camera mentality that we’ve seen exacerbated by politics and social media in recent years. I won’t touch on it here (we’re an entertainment site, not a political forum!), but it’s worth mentioning because Leonard mentions four people talking and meeting on a “message board.”




Leonard and others also question their own views, as they attempt to chart their own beliefs and visions more than once. We even get a conversation between Sabrina and Ardiane (as Ven sneaks out of the cabin) where they confirm that they have to say “whatever they can” to get Andrew and Eric to believe them.


  The news is also highly questionable, given that the couple has opened news outlets at various times showing different parts of the “apocalypse”.

  Now scientists can predict tsunamis, explaining why Hawaii was abandoned, but there’s also the issue of “dynamic stress transfer/triggering” where basically large earthquakes (the 8.6 magnitude we saw) can trigger other earthquakes. alternate locations, which explains why it caught everyone off guard.



The news is also highly questionable, given that the couple has opened news outlets at various times showing different parts of the “apocalypse”.

  Now scientists can predict tsunamis, explaining why Hawaii was abandoned, but there’s also the issue of “dynamic stress transfer/triggering” where basically large earthquakes (the 8.6 magnitude we saw) can trigger other earthquakes. alternate locations, which explains why it caught everyone off guard.





  But what about virus outbreaks and plane crashes?

  In the film, the outbreak of the virus was told as it happened before Andrew, Eric and Wen arrived at the cabin. We know that viruses mutate their ion sequence to spread, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that a virus mutated and started spreading, killing a lot of people in the process until a vaccine was found and stopped the deaths.


  The planes falling from the sky were hinted at as a cyber terror attack, and with mass panic around the world, one would think it would be the perfect time for said terrorists to strike, especially with both a devastating tsunami and a virus outbreak. .




  So what is the real ending?

  Well, the truth is… we don’t know. The most obvious ending is the one where the movie is weaponized, and it’s the one where the apocalypse is real and Eric’s death has prevented catastrophic events around the world from getting worse. We still don’t know exactly why the couple was chosen, just a random choice of whoever was in the cabin at the time.

  Whichever way you intend to interpret the events that unfold, the ending is key, and this ambiguity is both the film’s strength and greatest weakness.

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