Spoiler-Filled 'The Discovery' Trailer with Jason Segel & Rooney Mara

February 22, 2017
Source: YouTube

The Discovery Trailer

"Don't you think your discovery was just too dangerous to share with the world?" Netflix has revealed a full trailer for Charlie McDowell's new sci-fi film The Discovery, to follow-up the first teaser launched just before Sundance. This outstanding little indie feature premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and it comes highly recommended for sci-fi fans. Jason Segel and Rooney Mara star, along with Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons & Riley Keough, in this film about a world where the afterlife is scientifically proven. The two connect and look back over their lives while almost everyone else is considering killing themselves to "get there". I wrote in my review from Sundance that this film is thought-provoking "cinema for intelligent minds." This trailer gives away almost ALL of the movie, which is pretty terrible, so be careful watching this.

Here's the newest trailer (+ poster) for Charlie McDowell's The Discovery, direct from Netflix's YouTube:

The Discovery Poster

One year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified, millions around the world have ended their own lives in order to "get there". A man and woman fall in love while coming to terms with their own tragic pasts and the true nature of the afterlife. The Discovery is directed by American filmmaker Charlie McDowell, of the acclaimed film The One I Love previously. The screenplay is written by Justin Lader and Charlie McDowell. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in January - read Alex's glowing review from the festival. Netflix is still planning to release McDowell's The Discovery straight to streaming starting March 31st this spring. It's definitely worth seeing if you like sci-fi. Who's planning to watch this?

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  • Trey
    so should I watch this trailer?
  • Trey
    m gonna take a die...and you become "conscious" in an alternate reality
  • shiboleth
    Somebody got lost while making this trailer. And maybe the film itself ...
    • Bo
      Yea, I think you're right, shiboleth. It's very heavy and very interesting subject matter and if not handled well, like with thought and intelligence it's going to be terrible. It seemed a bit over the top and simplistic and obvious from viewing the trailer. Okay...there's an now people are going to kill themselves in order to get there. The masses have believed in an afterlife for centuries and haven't gone out and killed themselves in order to get there...especially shooting themselves in the head in front of others and during an interview. Too bad. Of course, there is no afterlife and no one will ever prove otherwise, especially 'scientifically' It's just another concept dreamed up by the human, moral mind to help calm and soothe people and their fear of death...of non-existence. This trailer doesn't indicate that the filmmakers have the chops to deal with the subject matter they've chosen present to others. and Jason Segal? Getting top billing? I'll watch anything with Rooney Mara in it as I find her fascinating and talented, but Jason Segal? Say it isn't!
      • shiboleth
        Exactly. I pretty much agree with you, Bo, on this. This looks like underachievement, another exploiting of some possible good idea. Rooney Mara has probably chosen what looked like an interesting concept on the paper. However, it remains to be seen, of course. But I share your strong doubts about it. And as for the concept of afterlife and its execution presented in this trailer, it really looks bad. I'd better not start about it. Maybe just waiting for something better, right?
        • Bo
          Well, you know that this is a subject of great interest to me what with my suggestions of your reading The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker. It's terrific that a filmmaker is willing to take on this subject matter and it would be nice if done with intelligence and knowledge and a degree of expertise/education on the matter. I certainly will give this film a look when it comes around on cable, but my hopes of it appealing to my tastes and knowledge of the subject are not high. Most people create artistic expressions on death and the afterlife with a rather naive approach and a 'wishful' thinking kind of frame of mind that is of no interest to me. I want the 'real, hardcore deal'...if you know what I Cheers, shiboleth.
          • shiboleth
            I definitely understand that Bo. I am just cautious because, and I believe you know that very well and better than me, a lot of films nowadays like to pretend they are real and 'hardcore deal' but are in fact something way too soft. As you, I also know a lot of things been written and read/interpreted on the subject in this film, but I have always some fear that such ideas are picked up for film just to serve as an excuse to draw more people to watch them. To make them think that films are serious (although, there are serious and good films). Anyway, that's some general possibility (but also, as experience tells us, also very probable). Of course, on the other hand, I probably have to cure myself from being over cynical or something when it comes to Hollywood, but a lot of films make me suspect that profit motives are winning over creative ones. So, yeah, my expectations are also somehow moderate about this one and I think that good film needs a lot of true effort to do good about any serious subject matter. Which is something that is not quite visible here. Cheers back, Bo ...
    Interesting concept. A BETTER PLACE would have been a title too.
  • Eggyweggs
    Dear Dead People...
  • Terry Craig
    Way I see it... is that Redford doesn't seem to star in many movies nowadays, so even though the concept of this one sounds a bit like cheap SyFy Channel fare, his involvement makes me interested in how they're gonna handle it. Either way there's definitive potential there.
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