Go away the World Behind, Sam Esmail’s first function movie because the success of his tech-thriller collection Mr. Robotic, offers with themes just like these of his acclaimed USA Community present. However the connections could not cease there. As one keen-eyed Reddit consumer famous, the movie references a hacking within the tri-state space that just about led to a catastrophic meltdown at a nuclear energy plant. This appears to obviously be a nod to the eleventh episode of Season 4, “eXit,” through which Rami Malek’s Elliot practically hacks a nuclear plant, with catastrophic potential harm.
The director and showrunner later confirmed the connection in a December 11 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, explaining, “It felt fairly pure, and to be sincere with you, I didn’t simply do it with Mr. Robotic. There are little nods to every thing I’ve labored on, from Homecoming and Comet to Robotic. I fancy myself as creating my very own little universe at any time when I make a movie, so I assumed to myself, ‘Why not join all of them?’ It’s extra enjoyable that method.”
Display screen Rant additionally clocked that the sinister E-Corp’s emblem seems on the buckets in Kevin Bacon’s character’s truck– they’re “5/9 Emergency Kits,” a reference to the date of a cyberattack that did shut down society on the present—in addition to on Roberts’ laptop computer, and that at one level Roberts’ character is seen studying a guide known as Seashore Towel, a novel printed by Mr. Robotic antagonist Otto Irving (Bobby Cannavale) through the present’s fourth season.
Esmail is way from the primary director to set his tasks in a shared universe–it’s been performed within the Marvel and DC canons, in addition to within the work of Kevin Smith, Richard Linklater, and Quentin Tarantino—however bridging tv and movie provides an intriguing wrinkle. Bridging these completely different codecs is normally reserved for franchise IP like superhero sagas or Star Wars, and it speaks to the facility Esmail has throughout the business. (Some extra cynical Redditors have used this format for jokes, together with one who sarcastically questioned how Rami Malek’s Mr. Robotic character might exist in a universe that has Gilmore Ladies DVDs, since Malek made his performing debut on the present in 2004—and we received’t even get into the paradoxes introduced by a Julia Roberts film through which the characters watch Buddies.)
The movie is predicated on a novel by Rumaan Alam that got here out in October 2020, after the ultimate episode of Mr. Robotic aired; Esmail defined that he was already ruminating on a techno-apocalyptic movie concept previous to studying the acclaimed guide. “Previous to studying the guide — I’m an enormous fan of the catastrophe style — so I had this concept percolating behind my head about attempting to assemble a type of catastrophe thriller centered round a cyberattack,” Esmail informed Rolling Stone. “As a result of I feel cyberattacks — despite the fact that they’re out within the public consciousness — there’s one thing ominous however equally mystifying about them.”
Mr. Robotic was additionally shot and set in and round New York Metropolis, which figures closely into Go away the World Behind. The Airbnb home the place a lot of the film happens is in Lengthy Island, and in direction of the conclusion of the movie the characters see New York being bombed as a part of the obvious guerilla assault that appears to have induced the film’s many technological malfunctions.
Whether or not Esmail continues to discover these identical themes in future tasks stays to be seen, although it’s totally doable. His tv replace of Fritz Lang’s iconic science fiction film Metropolis was canceled the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, a disappointing casualty of the work stoppage that leaves Esmail’s slate extra open than anticipated.