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Review: 'Leaving Neverland' is a devastating and haunting film Special

Posted Mar 6, 2019 by Markos Papadatos
On March 3, the documentary film "Leaving Neverland" was released on HBO in the United States, which tells the story of two individuals, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, that were allegedly abused and molested by Michael Jackson.
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Michael Jackson (R) arrives with his father, Joe Jackson, at a California courthouse for Michael's child molestation trial in 2005
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Acclaimed British director Dan Reed served as producer and director of the documentary film. Choreographer Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck star in the documentary film as they give their raw and devastating personal accounts about their alleged sexual abuse from the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson when they were just boys.
A story of this caliber was a long time coming, and it was important to be told especially during the times that we are living in today. It truly makes one re-examine the legacy of a pop icon.
The only downside that critics and fans of Jackson may point out is that the film may come across as one-dimensional and one-sided, and with that being a valid point, Leaving Neverland will still leave the audience at the edge of their seats due to its disturbing,dark and sick nature.
The Verdict
Overall, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck ought to be commended for their brevity to open up about their alleged sexual abuse experiences in Leaving Neverland, and the same holds true about the adverse effects these events had on their families' lives. It will sustain the audience's attention for its entire four-hour duration, and it will haunt them long thereafter.
Filmmaker Dan Reed did a brilliant job on the film's direction, and shedding light on this significant story. Leaving Neverland is unflinching, powerful and compelling. The film garners 4.5 out of 5 stars.