The internet is abuzz with a new movie in the end-of-the-world genre. Netflix’s Leave the World Behind came out last week, and it has everyone talking. The movie is based on a book of the same name by Rumaan Alam, which has pretty mixed reviews. (I’m going to read it, though – I feel like I have to now.)
There are some interesting points of discussion, especially when you consider that the Obamas – yep, those Obamas – were executive producers of the flick.
Wait…President Obama was part of this? Are there secret messages?
Being a producer wasn’t the wasn’t the only involvement – the former president also was involved creatively. Director Sam Esmail explained to Collude.com:
“Because President Obama is such a movie lover, he really focused his notes on trying to cinematically portray what was in the book in a really interesting way. The book was on his reading list, it’s one of his favorites, and he really wanted to do justice by the book and this theme about mistrust and this being a cautionary tale about what could happen if we don’t have that community or bond that holds us together,” the director explained. “So he really gave notes with regards to character, empathy, and also the disaster elements. It was really across the board. And again, it was all in pursuit of making it into a good movie. That was his main focus.”
According to Esmail, there are no conspiracies here except the ones that already existed in the plot of the movie.
“I think the silly thing about the whole thing is President Obama really came on a couple of months before we started shooting, so the script had basically been written and done. He obviously gave notes on the script, but the bones of the story and the sequences were already written. I would just say they’re pretty wrong in terms of his signaling. It had nothing to do with that.”
Hmmm…it does make one wonder, though. How could it not? We’ve been subjected to predictive programming for years, and here we are, feeling like we’re right on the verge of the end of the world, and then we’re supposed to put away our tinfoil? The former president, who would know EVERYTHING about shady cabals and disaster protocols and how the American public could be manipulated, is just into cool fiction?
Whether secret messages are encoded into the script or not, (and also whether there were loose ends or not) I enjoyed the movie. So let’s talk about that.
What is Leave the World Behind about?
A couple, Clay and Amanda, decide to bop over to Long Island for a weekend getaway at the last minute. They rent a stunning home in a beach town with fabulous amenities, pack up their two kids, Archie and Rose, and head there in a car ride that made me want to smack the kids.
Weirdness ensues almost right away. Amanda runs to the store and sees a guy stocking up on canned goods and bottled water. And I mean stocking up. Prepper-style quantities, filling the back of his pick-up truck. Bizarre things happen with animals. A trip to the beach is marred by a strange oil tanker incident.
Then, late that night a man and his daughter show up at the door. The two are formally dressed – they’ve just left the symphony in a hurry. The father, GH, politely explains that this is his house that they’ve rented and that he and his daughter, Ruth, need to stay the night. Clay seems unwilling to say no. Amanda is far more suspicious about the strange arrivals with the flimsy excuse late at night.
Eventually, though Amanda is under visible duress, GH and Ruth take the basement bedroom while Clay and Amanda stay upstairs with the kids.