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Did anyone think new sci-fi, in series form? Netflix has heard your hidden desires (post Westworld) and came up with a new series - The Discovery.

“Don’t you think your discovery was too dangerous to share with the world?” is the line you hear in director/co-writer Charlie McDowell’s metaphysical thriller.

“You proved the existence of an afterlife,” an interviewer says to Dr. Thomas Harber (played by Robert Redford). “I prefer to call it a new plane of existence,” he replies. That's a very enticing premise, as far as we're concerned. McDowell co-wrote the film with his The One I Love collaborator Justin Lader.

The new trailer for Netflix’s upcoming drama The Discovery, the existence of the afterlife has been scientifically confirmed by Harbor, a revelation that sets off mass suicide by people anxious to get to the other side. So you can imagine how difficult it is for Jason Segel and Rooney Mara to keep a good thing going. What’s a functional long-term relationship compared to the call of the void? (via Vulture)

The official synopsis reads:

What would you do if there was proof of an afterlife? The answer to this question is rivetingly explored in The Discovery, where world-renowned physicist Doctor Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) is able to scientifically prove the existence of an afterlife—but with dire consequences. His estranged son, Will (Jason Segel), tries to confront the situation by returning to the New England–esque island where he grew up. He crosses paths with Isla (Rooney Mara), who’s returning to the island for mysterious reasons of her own. The tale unfolds over the ensuing days as the regret of past choices forces these lost characters to reflect on how they’ve gotten to where they are.


"The Discovery has shades of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, both in its economical, practical production design, but also in its surprisingly simplistic approach to a high concept that is driven by carefully crafted characters. In addition, the path to the shocking, moving climax has plenty of influence from Flatliners, and a bit from the indie favorite Primer. Despite all these influences, the movie never feels like it’s overtly borrowing from them, but merely emulating certain thematic elements." (Slashfilm)

You can see The Discovery, which also stars Riley Keough and Jesse Plemons, on March 31. The pic was produced by Alex Orlovsky and James D. Stern, having been co-financed by Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures.

Check out the trailer below:

"Echoing some of the recent films by Jeff Nichols, as well as Mike Cahill, Brit Marling, and Zal Batmanglij, “The Discovery” is a serious-minded, human-scaled treatment of notions that might ordinarily lead toward straight horror or sci-fi material. But as with some of their movies, this one is better at building intrigue than rewarding it. In fact, things get less interesting rather quickly, as promisingly thorny characters (notably Redford’s) fail to develop very satisfactorily. And once the seemingly failed new experiments (first practiced upon a fresh corpse stolen from a local morgue) actually reveal something murkily significant after all, Segel goes on a dullish sleuthing chase that lands in terrain familiar from the cinema of Christopher Nolan, not to mention umpteen gimmicky movies involving time-travel. “The Discovery’s” solemnity doesn’t render those later turns any less fundamentally sentimental, and a touch banal. Nor does the script’s poker face completely mask the stock central device of hinging the narrative on a slow-burning romance between two sad souls who are meant for each other. At least we’re meant to think so, though in truth, mopey Will and abrasive Isla don’t seem much of a match — or even terribly interesting as individuals, though the actors try their best. " (Variety)


"The most interesting revelation about The Discovery, however, is what it shares with another Netflix original [The OA]. As explained in the first few minutes of the film, Redford’s discovery of the afterlife is partly inspired by his son’s near-death experience. When the group delves further into what exactly exists beyond this world — fueled by the desire to put a halt to a suicide epidemic, which sees millions of people trying to “get there” — they probe at the line between life and death with increasing emphasis on that point of crossing over." (Vulture)

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Related:   Flatliners, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The OA, Westworld



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