7 items from 2017
The Discovery. 2017
Written and Directed by Charlie McDowell
A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.
While browsing the selection of available Sundance Film Festival titles to check out, The Discovery stood head and shoulders above the rest of the wide variety of offerings, solely for its heavy (possibly offensive to some) premise of an alarming increase in suicides due to scientific proof of the existence of an afterlife. Sci-fi is about exploring the impossible, challenging the mind, and diving into deep discussions regarding moral ethics, so it’s sufficient to say that the thought of watching a movie about characters potentially contemplating suicide to rejoin loved ones or push the reset button on a disappointing life, is exploding with intrigue. The Discovery might have the »
- Robert Kojder
Author: Jon Lyus
Charlie McDowell returned to Sundance this year to debut his latest mind-bending exploration of the human condition. Three years ago his wondrous study of the complexities of a couple’s relationships, The One I Love, gave audiences a chance to see what the writer/director was all about. This year his latest film, The Discovery, played to captivated audiences at the festival.
As part of their Park City plunder Netflix snapped up the rights to McDowell’s latest, and we should be seeing it hit our small screens in a month’s time. Something of a spiritual sequel to Zal Batmanglij’s The Oa, the set up is proper Black Mirror stuff. A scientist proves the existence of an afterlife, and we join the story one year after the revelation. Suicide rates are rocketing, the nature of existence challenged and our tight hold on life loosened to disconcerting degree. »
- Jon Lyus
Redford plays Dr. Harper, a scientist whose verification of the afterlife, or a “new plane of existence” changes the way people think about death. In fact, it seems to make people want it, sparking more than a million suicides around the world by those attempting to “get there.”
“How can you keep a discovery so vital to our existence a secret?” Redford’s Harper says in the trailer after Mary Steenburgen’s journalist character asks a question about his personal responsibility.
The trailer also seems to suggest some manipulation of time with rewinds and repetitive shots. Spooky characters come in and out of frame, »
- Dani Levy
The Discovery Review The Discovery (2017), Film Review from the 33rd Annual Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Charlie McDowell, starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, and Ron Canada. A common theme of this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been the abundance of extremely interesting premises that are poorly executed. Add this Netflix Original to the list. The film explores various existential questions: […] »
- Drew Stelter
Following up their delightfully original debut “The One I Love” with a less playful piece of speculative fiction, writer-director Charlie McDowell and co-scenarist Justin Lader suggest the unexpected, even disastrous consequences that might arise if mankind were to receive definitive proof that there is an afterlife. Though “The Discovery” starts out with a great premise, its mystery dissipates over a somewhat tepid course as the concept ultimately heads in a direction we’ve seen many times before, and depends overmuch on chemistry that fails to materialize between stars Jason Segel and Rooney Mara. Netflix is releasing the film both to theaters and streaming on March 31; response is likely to be muted.
Long estranged from his father for reasons that emerge later on, neurologist Will (Segel) is nonetheless visiting him now, at a time when the latter has retreated from enormous public controversy. Two years earlier, Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford »
- Dennis Harvey
Although the 2016 season in film isn't quite over until the Oscars take place, 2017's newest and most anticipated films are about to usher their way onto the (screen) scene. The Sundance Film Festival has arrived! This year's festival consists of 113 full-length films coming from as many as 31 countries and debuting 36 first-time filmmakers. Those included in the lineup come from a whopping 13,782 submissions, 95 of which will be world premieres. And to save you some trouble (read: countless hours scrolling Rotten Tomatoes), we've rounded up the most eagerly awaited movies you're most likely to hear about postpremiere. How about that for upping your indie culture game? 1. Before I Fall Director: Ry Russo-Young Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Diego Boneta This is a book-to-film adaptation based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver. High schooler Samantha Kingston (Deutch) thinks she has it all, living life amongst her Mean Girls-esque clique, »
- McCall Minnor
Redford stars as a doctor who has made a scientific breakthrough that shocks the world and challenges everything we know about life and death. It appears in the trailer — accompanied to the music of Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely” — that the discovery enables those trying to commit suicide to do so multiple times.
“They’re just going to keep trying to kill themselves,” says Segel’s character in the teaser’s only dialogue.
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- Dave McNary
7 items from 2017
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