New Apocalyptic Disaster Thriller With Huge Cast Is Now Streaming On Netflix

Leave the World Behind: The new apocalyptic disaster movie has dropped on Netflix and it includes a star-studded cast. 
Credit: Netflix

A new apocalyptic disaster movie has dropped on Netflix and it includes a star-studded cast. 

With Christmas approaching, there’s nothing better than snuggling in front of the TV with a hot chocolate and watching a festive film.

However, if you’ve not got into the Xmas spirit quite yet, it can be difficult to find something that isn’t for kids or isn’t super cheesy at this time of year.

Fortunately, Netflix has got your back and dropped a few gems on the streaming platform.

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The latest movie, directed and written by Sam Esmail, is the apocalyptic psychological thriller Leave the World Behind, starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali and Ethan Hawke.

It’s based on the 2020 novel of the same name by Rumaan Alam and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in the same year.

It follows a woman named Amanda (Roberts) whose family holiday at a luxury property is disrupted by strangers who are seeking refuge from a cyber attack.

The strangers are aware that a disaster is pending and the families’ surroundings become more terrifying by the second.

Both families must come to terms with their place in this dark and crumbling new world while accepting that nothing will ever be the same again.

Leave the World Behind (2023).
Leave the World Behind has a star-studded cast, including Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke. Credit: Netflix

The chilling new film was originally released in limited cinemas last month but it landed on Netflix on December 8.

Over on Rotten Tomatoes, it has an impressive audience score of 75% and many people have taken to X (formerly known as Twitter) to praise the movie too.

“Just finished… didn’t disappoint, that’s for sure!” one person tweets.

Another adds: “Just started watching the Netflix movie Leave the World Behind and I’m loving it so far.”

Somebody else says: “The cinematography for Leave the World Behind is so eerie and unsettling. I’m obsessed.”

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The film was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, as per The New York Times.

Barack Obama tells the publication: “I’m a bit of a sucker for science fiction, dystopias or thrillers.

“Michelle jokes that my favourite movies involve horrible things happening to people and then they die, whereas she actually likes fun, uplifting stories that make her laugh.”

Leave the World Behind’s director, Esmail, adds that he was pleasantly surprised that the former US president didn’t shy away from the film’s dark themes.

“He wanted to have these characters face the truth about the fragility of our society and how do we reckon with that. I found that refreshing,” he comments.

Watch the official trailer for Leave the World Behind below…

Leave the World Behind is now available to watch on Netflix.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.