Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali’s new apocalyptic thriller Leave the World Behind: Full Review

Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali’s new apocalyptic thriller Leave the World Behind: Full Review

Written by Deepak Bhagat, In Movies, Published On
December 10, 2023
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Julia Robert stars in the new film that is based on the novel by Rumaan Alam of the same name that came out in 2020. Let’s see the complete review of the film directed by Sam Esmail


I f***ing hate people,” says Amanda Sanford at the very start of the film, the prickly character played by Julia Roberts in Leave the World Behind, the latest release by Netflix, with Sam Esmail’s direction, who has earlier written and directed Mr. Robot.

The plot

Now the movie is all about Amanda who plans a getaway for her family including her husband Clay played by Ethan Hawke and their two children – Rose (Farrah Mackenzie) and Archie (Charlie Evans). The twist comes in when as the story progresses it’s not a happy-to-go family picnic with lively background music but a complete thriller this getaway soon becomes a journey of mysteries piling up one another that leaves Amanda and the viewers to a sense of utter trepidation.

There is so much happening in the movie from Rose spotting an oil tanker heading towards the shore, the ship crashing on the shore, unusual scary knocks, and the blackout in the city just adds up to the Shyamalan-esque vibe. No one realizes other than Amanda that soon just a city blackout turns into a national emergency.

Final thoughts

Without giving away any of the spoilers for all the viewers or readers who are interested in watching the film, give it a go as cinematographer Tod Campbell has beautifully captured the climax of the film and the overall essence of the vibe. He knew how to create a sense of urgency in his cinematography with stunning visuals.

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Although the end might seem abrupt and could be felt by the viewers of the questions that were left unanswered.

But try giving it. watch and see for yourself how thrilling you found this thriller and did it make you leave the actual world behind?

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