THE DISCOVERY is quietly thought-provoking sci-fi, and more worth your time than a lot on Netflix. The premise: what would the world’s reaction be if scientists proved the existence of an afterlife? The debate over faith, the meaning of life and human nature is covered from several angles, and often not the most obvious ones. The film’s final stretch packs a punch and manages to keep a few final, stubbornly ambiguous revelations under wraps right to the end, and it’s not a film which offers answers, only more questions. I don’t know whether Jason Segal is the most compelling dramatic lead in the world (at least not at this stage in his career), but he has good chemistry with Rooney Mara and does seething family resentments well. Having Robert Redford on board – even when he doesn’t have to try very hard – can’t hurt your film’s chance to get noticed, whatever the outlet. SSP
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Nice post. It is strange that you say that Segel has good chemistry with Mara because there is no chemistry really, in my opinion or in general view for that matter. It is cool if you have noticed some. You are right, Redford is a big plus in this film.
I personally believed in their relationship, even if I’m not entirely convinced by him as a leading man or the character’s journey. Thanks for the comment.