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An adaptation of Rumaan Alam’s 2020 novel, “Leave the World Behind” explores an apocalyptic event from the perspective of characters who almost want nothing to do with it, caught up in their own dramas as society crumbles around them. While it seems like a disaster movie, the material is more psychological in nature, following the torment of six people stuck in an enigmatic situation involving a global crisis. Writer/director Sam Esmail is tasked with sustaining tension and providing a rich sense of personality to help viewers sink into a nightmare scenario, and he scores a few scenes sequences of horror in the endeavor, bringing a strange situation of submission to life. He’s not as confident with the overall experience of anxiety, keeping “Leave the World Behind” overlong and underwhelming with personal interactions, making for a frustratingly uneven viewing experience. Read the rest at


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