‘Leave The World Behind‘ is a 2023 American apocalyptic psychological thriller directed by Sam Esmail. While the film’s main plot has received widespread attention, there are several subtle details that you might have slipped past. Here are seven hidden elements in ‘Leave The World Behind’ that we’re sure you didn’t notice.
7. Historical References About Slavery
‘Leave The World Behind’ subtly integrates historical references into its setting. The oil tanker named ‘White Lion‘ is not just a random choice – it’s the name of the first ship that brought enslaved Africans to the colonies. Besides, the radio frequency 1619 in Clay’s car is a nod to the year this historical event took place.
6. The Paintings Change Throughout The Movie
Art plays a dynamic role in the film. The paintings in the Scott household are not static; they transform to reflect the evolving chaos and confusion. For instance, a wave mural in the bedroom starts calm and becomes increasingly turbulent in parallel with the film’s intensifying tension.
5. Another Painting in the Kitchen Foreshadows the Red Flyers
In a particular scene, a painting becomes a tool for foreshadowing. When Julia Roberts’ character, Amanda, is talking with G.H. in the kitchen, the painting behind her resembles the fall of red flyers from a drone.
4. There Are References About ‘Mr. Robot’
Director Sam Esmail filled ‘Leave The World Behind’ with several references to his earlier work, ‘Mr. Robot.‘ Viewers might spot E-Corp labels, a fictional corporation from ‘Mr. Robot,’ and other subtle hints, such as the book ‘Beach Towel‘ that was written by the Mr. Robot character Irving.
3. Sam Esmail Makes a Cameo in the Film
In a clever cameo, director Sam Esmail himself appears in the film as a dead pilot. If you look closely, the pilot’s name tag reads ‘Capt. Esmail.’
2. There is a QR Code Hidden Over The US Map
At a specific moment in the film, a QR code is cleverly placed over a map of the US, visible during a news broadcast about the unfolding crisis. This code, when scanned, leads to a website about the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, known for its haunting history. However, Mercer County claims they have no affiliation with Netflix or the movie.
1. Jenga Game Foreshadows The Disaster
Early in the film, a seemingly innocuous game of Jenga between Clay and Amanda is more than just a pastime. The game mirrors the imminent societal collapse and symbolizes the fragility and precariousness of the situation that the characters find themselves in.