Leave the World Behind. I absolutely adore this movie, one of the best movies I've seen in 2023 (Netflix). The confusion and chaos that the protagonists go through is brilliantly brought to life by a unique camera concept. The camera is upside down, spinning and tilting to the side, perfectly reflecting the emotional rollercoaster ride of the characters - simply delicious! 5 out of 5 stars!
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The excellent book provides a solid foundation on which the movie is built. The cinematic realization is excellent and the acting performances are outstanding. Each actor brings their character to life with a depth and credibility that is rarely seen. It is not only the main actors who are perfectly convincing, but also the supporting cast. All the actors are so extremely authentic to the story that it was a real pleasure for me to experience the movie.
Let The World Behind is a captivating movie, excellently staged. Highly recommended.
I highly recommend watching the movie in the original English language. The nuances and inflection of the original voices add an extra dimension to the experience. However, I have to admit that the German dubbing is also very good.
"Leave the World Behind" is a cinematic masterpiece that I can warmly recommend to everyone. I give it a full 5 out of 5 stars.
I'm also going to buy the book. The story is intelligent and super interesting.
The content of the movie
"Leave the World Behind" is an American apocalyptic psychological thriller from 2023 directed by Sam Esmail and based on the 2020 novel of the same name by Rumaan Alam. The main actors are Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha'la and Kevin Bacon. The film focuses on the gradual collapse of technology and society and hints at a possible catastrophe.
The plot revolves around Amanda Sandford, who spontaneously decides to take a vacation with her family in a rented house on Long Island. Her husband Clay, a professor, and her two tech-savvy children Rose and Archie accompany her. When they arrive, they discover that they have no cell phone reception and that an oil tanker has run aground off the coast - the first signs of trouble. That night, G.H. Scott and his daughter Ruth, the actual owners of the house, arrive and claim to have come to Long Island because of a power outage in the city.
The two women can't believe what they are seeing. A sequence from the last few minutes of the movie.
The interactions and tensions
The movie deals with the interactions and growing tensions between the two families as strange events occur such as a deafening ringing that affects everyone and the mysterious loss of Archie's teeth. The families must face various challenges and strange occurrences, such as a herd of deer on the property and leaflets in Arabic script being dropped from a drone. As the situation escalates and evidence of a major disaster, including cyber attacks and possible acts of war, emerge, the families struggle with their suspicions, fears and the need to work together to survive.
Towards the end, the story hints at a possible government conspiracy or internal conflict in the United States, leading to a civil war-like scenario. As New York City descends into chaos, the survival of the families becomes increasingly uncertain. The movie ends with young Rose finding solace amidst the chaos by watching the final episode of "Friends" in an underground bunker.
This narrative explores themes of mistrust, the breakdown of social norms in the face of disaster and the human tendency to seek connection in times of crisis. The film's ambiguous ending leaves plenty of room for interpretation, focusing more on the characters' experiences and reactions than on the specific details of the apocalyptic events.
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