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The Discovery (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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Two years after the afterlife is scientifically proven, a man attempts to help a young woman break away from her dark past.


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Credited cast:
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Janice (as MJ Karmi)
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Hospital Janitor (as Willie Carpenter)
Oliver (as Adam Morrison Khaykin)
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Writer-director Charlie McDowell returns to Sundance this year with a thriller about a scientist (played by Robert Redford) who uncovers scientific proof that there is indeed an afterlife. His son is portrayed by Jason Segel, who's not too sure about his father's "discovery", and Rooney Mara plays a mystery woman who has her own reasons for wanting to find out more about the afterlife. Written by Barry Brown, Park City, UT

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The majestic French Renaissance Revival Châteauesque style house (Seaview Terrace - a.k.a. Carey Mansion ) used as Dr. Thomas Harbor's (Robert Redford) lodging and laboratory is better recognized for its exterior use (Collinwood) in the late 1960's - early1970's Gothic Soap opera - Dark Shadows. See more »


At about 22 minutes, Isla tries to drown herself. When Will saves her, she walks out of the shallows and you can hear her yell at Will, however, her mouth does not move. See more »


[first lines]
Interviewer: Dr. Harber, before we're live, I just wanted to say thank you for choosing me.
Thomas: [warming up his voice] Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Interviewer: The rich history you have with other journalists...
Thomas: I chose you precisely because we don't have a history. Now, don't fuck it up.
Producer: Fifteen seconds...
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Pompous nonsense
28 May 2017 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Some guy named Thomas is being interviewed on TV. We learn that he's a scientists who discovered proof that there's an afterlife, although he's reluctant to call it that, he prefers "a different plane of existence." So in celebration of 1 million suicides he finally agreed to be interviewed. Suddenly one of the TV techs present shoots himself in the head. So far so good.

Years and 3 million suicides later we meet some guy named Will, he's the dumbest neurologist the universe has ever seen. He's on a ferry where he meets one of the awful Maras in one their usual obnoxious roles. After several minutes of insufferable arguments where it's made clear that the girl is a genius and Will a weak moron, I was ready to stop watching this sickening junk.

Thankfully they finally make it to the island and the broad is gone. Will is picked up by his dumb brother and taken to some castle, which is run by their father--Thomas. He's got a bunch of followers in colorful jumpsuits, people he saved from committing suicide and who have found meaning doing menial tasks for Thomas.

Will goes to the beach and runs into...Isla, the girl from the ferry (crap)...as she's about to commit suicide. She's adopted right away into the cult and takes a leadership position. Thomas has a new machine that he thinks will show where consciousness goes after death. Will for some reason concludes they need a corpse to test this on(?). So they rob a corpse from the morgue, attach it to the machine, and starts shocking it with electricity. The experiment is a failure. Will returns later and out of the blue a monitor is showing something, namely someone walking in POV through a hospital and running into a woman. Will concludes these are the memories of the dead guy.

So he starts tracking down the place and the woman, but things don't match entirely. When he returns, Thomas--who has been practicing death and revival on himself--has hooked himself up to the machine and the monitor now shows in real time his memories of his wife who committed suicide, but again, the details don't match. By now Will and Isla are a couple, Thomas has fired one of his minions and given her spot to Isla, something that will come back to haunt them all. Eventually they figure out what the images represent and for no good reason it involves the eternal recurrence of the same, which Will will experience in the flesh.

The Discovery had my full attention and support during the intro, but a few minutes later I hated the movie and it barely managed to recover. This is an instance of the writers/director thinking so highly of themselves that they completely forgot about making a good, coherent, and interesting movie. Proving how offensively politically correct they are was more important than anything else. The result is a movie with a good concept but that goes absolutely nowhere. There are one or two smart lines here which is pathetic considering the amount of talking that goes on. The characters of Will, Toby (the brother), and Isla are so absurd they go far beyond the little sci-fi offered. The editor should have trimmed this movie by at least 15 minutes but again, the filmmakers were apparently convinced that every moronic second counts. Adding to the annoyance is the constant over-bearing music.

The Discovery is a massive failure. I should have stayed away from it when I noticed the sundance logo. It's become a sure way to identify poor movies.

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