“THE END WE START FROM” A Captivating Thriller

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A drama that puts you on track for a captivating thriller, the film The End We Start From entertains. What makes this film work is the delivery by Jodie Comer as a woman obsessed who continuously makes everything around her look real. Not based on a true story, but director Mahalia Belo put to the test challenges that may face the world in the distant future. All rolled into one, the film is a must watch for most all generations.

It’s modern day London and a woman (Jodie Comer) is about to face the worse test of her pregnancy, a catastrophe that’s about to hit one of the biggest cities in the world. It’s just not her day as she will have to face many challenges with her pressing to come out to the cruel world. With husband indisposed, the cities’ population being evacuated to higher ground, and supplies not readily available, the woman has to traverse the flooded streets and incredible obstacles among thousands of people.

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So begins a trek that will take her far from home carrying a newborn to safety while thwarting danger around every turn. Her first feature motion picture for the big screen, director Mahalia Belo puts her best foot forward and delivers a nice surprise. Her sets, cinematography, and seamless transitions work nicely here, but they do require viewers to accept the possibility that each story point could really happen.

Director Belo’s lead Jodie Comer, gives an amazing performance as the woman who has to go up against all odds. Jodie is no stranger to thrillers and here she shows incredible perfection that saves the film from mediocrity. On her list of credits are very cool films that include the historical drama The Last Duel and the action comedy Free Guy. But in The End We Start From she gives her all to make everything realistic and compelling.

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The End We Start From has been rated R by the MPAA for language, some sexual content and nudity. For those who like dystopia driven films will like it very much. Those that are not into action thrillers with a lot of drama will love the film.

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Jodie Comer, Joel Fry, Katherine Waterston, Gina McKee, Nina Sosanya with Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by: Mahalia Belo
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual content, and nudity
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Opening Date: February 6, 2024
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Released in: Digital

Writer, critic, film editor John Delia, Sr. has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 20 years and other publications for a total of 40 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and Critics Association of Central Florida Send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com