Review: The Discovery (2017)


The Discovery release date: March 31, 2017

The Discovery takes place 2 years after “the other side,” aka afterlife, has been “discovered.” With the extended reach of social media, everyone knows about this finding and there have been over 4 million suicides because people want a fresh start on “the other side.”  The story follows Will (Jason Segel) on his venture home to help his father (Robert Redford), who is the scientist that uncovered the afterlife. Will is very unsure about whether his father’s new discovery is legitimate or not, but finds himself needing to know more. On his way back to his father’s, he befriends a mysterious woman, Isla (Rooney Mara) who has her own reasons for tagging along to find out about the afterlife. This Romantic Thriller has tons of ups and downs along the way and will certainly leave you questioning what actions you would take if you KNEW there was an afterlife.

Where to begin… The premise of this movie is great! Had my attention from the very beginning, but throughout the movie, I found myself struggling to get through some scenes. Director, Charlie McDowell, found ways to have my heart pumping, waiting to find out what would happen next, but he also (in that same time frame) took too long to get there. Each scene had me for the first 10 minutes, but then felt like it drug on for 10-15 minutes too long. Although some parts were hard to get through the ending of this movie was perfect! I loved it and made me change my mind on how I enjoyed this film. When I was struggling to get through some of the scenes, I kept picturing a negative review, but the ending certainly changed my mind. On top of that, I think Jason Segel and Rooney Mara played their parts perfectly. I kept picturing Jason as his character, Marshall, from How I Met Your Mother, but not funny Marshall, more of a sad and depressing Marshall. Robert Redford was also good, as per usual, but damn he is looking rough.

If The Discovery was being released in theaters, I’d say to save your money and wait to see it, but since it is a Netflix Original, you should absolutely watch it. Go in with an open mind and come out with some deep thoughts.

Jason Segel and Charlie McDowell made an appearance after the movie for a Q&A.


Director, Charlie McDowell, said in the Q&A, “you experience A LOT more the second time around.” I absolutely believe this could be true and plan on diving back in once it’s released on Netflix… eventually.

Reel ROB Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Post Credits Scene: No

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