Friday, August 11, 2017

Movie review: The Discovery

 When existence of an afterlife is scientifically proven, the suicide rate skyrockets. Two years later, another discovery could have the same result.

Robert Redford (Thomas), Jason Segel (Will), Rooney Mara (Isla), Jesse Plemons (Toby), Ron Canada (Cooper), Riley Keough (Lacey), Connor Ratliff (Coroner), M.J. Karmi (Janice).

Two years after Thomas released proof of an afterlife, the suicide rate remains high with many viewing it as a way to reset their lives. Continuing his research along with his son Will, they begin to realize the proof Thomas found was not of an afterlife at all. Along the way Will meets Isla during an attempt to reset her life, falls for her, and tries to convince her suicide is not the right answer. The emotional ride completes with an interesting twist at the end, finishing the film nicely.

Acting was enjoyable with Redford delivering well as always. Segel was an interesting choice and did nicely in a lead role. Mara played well with Segel and was enjoyable throughout. Canada, Plemons, and the remainder of the cast delivered well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were solid and fitting. CGI was nicely done, presenting the sci-fi aspect of the film well. Dialogue had nice depth and movement. Sound and soundtrack were solid.

Overall The Discovery is a nice blend of sci-fi, drama, and other elements leading to a film that emotional as well as cerebral. Those who enjoy drama or mysteries with broad focus should enjoy this one.

Nothing much to limit audience age so this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2017
Reviewed: 7.30.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Romantic Drama, Mysteries, Sci-Fi Drama, Independent Dramas

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