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The Discovery (2017)

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A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.

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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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Who needs Jesus when we have Redford to show us Death has no sting?
28 March 2017 | by (portsmouth,england) – See all my reviews

Two years after a scientist finds solid proof of the existence of an afterlife and after a subsequent drastic increase in the worldwide rate of suicides two people meet on an otherwise empty ferry heading to a small seaside town. They are Will (Jason Segel) and Isla (Rooney Maria). Will turns out to be the son of the aforementioned scientist, played by Robert Redford. The latter has retired to an isolated house since his discovery which is staffed by people who attempted suicide and failed. There he works on attempting to record by means of some electronic gizmo wired to his head what happens in the moments after death by flat-lining.

Subsequent events unfold in a somewhat predictable fashion but don't make the mistake of thinking this is an sf or horror movie because that's not really what it is although it does incorporate elements of each. What it is at heart in fact is a rather syrupy love story.In fact the film-makers may have shot themselves in the foot here as its intended audience may be put off by the sf/horror scenes while the horror crowd will see the tag 'love story' and decide this is too schmaltzy for them. And they'd be right.

BTW I take the previous reviewer's point re the interviewer's idiotic comment about suicides reaching a horrifying million a year rate since the discovery when in fact they're already that in reality. (It would have taken the movie's makers all of 2 seconds to google that. Zero points for background research, guys!) However I wouldn't let that stop me from watching the movie. There are already enough valid reasons to give this a pass anyway!


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