Starts with a literal bang. A dark, interesting concept that soon devolves into a generic look-book for a director determined to rip off Altered States, Inception, and a pile of other films - hell maybe even Flatliners. Not to mention the nonsensical ending. What is it with writers giving up trying by the second act? Segel and Mara are forced, though she is more likeable than he. Generally, wasted potential.
It's amazing how much stuff Charlie McDowell "borrowed" from The Leftovers: the mood, the soundtrack, even the jumpsuits... Plus: deploying the so-called Shyamalan's narrative formula was ineffective, if not counterproductive. And Jason Segel was the worst possible choice for lead character. The Discovery epitomizes the condition of contemporary American sci-fi, completely devoid of imagination, ideas, and brio.
I really wish people in the film didn't verbally refer to the event as "The Discovery." The film actually has a cool sci-fi concept that was wasted on some inhuman performances and a story line ultimately void of conflict. The last 5-10 minutes just came off as really goofy. I do give props to some of McDowell's directing choices--he succeeded in making the whole process of searching for the afterlife pretty creepy.
È il nuovo film prodotto da Netflix col piglio dell'indipendente ma con attori tutt'altro che sconosciuti. L'idea è interessante, ma già dall'inizio le cose non tornano: il punto centrale, i suicidi, sono poco credibili, non hanno un vero senso e a poco servono le migliaia di spiegoni. La Scoperta fa l'enorme errore di comunicare pochissimo attraverso le immagini ma di innaffiarti di chiacchiere.
"Sometimes I feel like I'm taking someone else's spot and then I feel sad. Like, being here alive is a waste because i don't enjoy it, I'm not happy or grateful and I'm taking a spot away from someone who maybe would've gotten something more out of it."
Just truly realized that any experience we have with a movie is based on such a personal baggage that ratings and movie reviews are more like notes for onself than anything else. That said, The Discovery is much better than I expected, yet not good enough. So promising, it leaves you with that feeling of things that could've happened and people you could´ve met but didn´t.
What starts off as a fascinating and intriguing premise devolves into a version of Groundhog's Day that plays out as if Bill Murphy didn't realize he was in Groundhog's Day. It starts with a bang, then slowly fizzles out. The screenwriters wrote themselves into a corner they couldn't get out of and the film suffers for it. The tone and atmosphere are solid but unsupported by familiar tropes and characterizations.
I had a hard time accepting the premise (among other things), that millions of people simply committed suicide because the afterlife was proven scientifically. Lots of people already believes the afterlife exists, and I have a hard time seeing that the proving or disproving of the afterlife would make those that believe kill themselves. The film is way too vague in this area.
2 stars for Mara.