In the Charlie McDowell-directed sci-fi drama THE DISCOVERY, Jason Segel continues to ride the dramatic feature wave after his acclaimed performance in The End of the Tour in a story about the groundbreaking discovery of the afterlife and the consequences that go along with it.
Segel plays Will, the son of a doctor (Robert Redford) that recently discovered proof of the afterlife. Upon his discovery, millions of people commit suicide in order to visit the other side in order see what all the hoopla is about. When Will visits the island where he grew up, he develops a relationship with the troubled Isla (Rooney Mara) and from the look of the trailer, they dive deeper and deeper into this tragedy-soaked film where people are just killing themselves. A fascinating, yet wildly depressing premise that will surely put a damper on anyone’s mood.
The film, which was acquired by Netflix prior to premiering at Sundance earlier this year, will be available on the streaming giant on March 31. With the trailer’s intense orchestral music and gray-hued palette, The Discovery doesn’t look like it’s going to win the award for “Happiest Film of 2017”. In fact, it just looks plain sad — and there is nothing wrong with that. Just make sure you brace yourself for some tragic sci-fi realness before watching.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer