First Trailer for Charlie McDowell's New Sundance Film 'The Discovery'

January 18, 2017
Source: YouTube

The Discovery Trailer

"There goes my heart…" Netflix has debuted a teaser trailer for Charlie McDowell's The Discovery, just a few days before this film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This film is listed as one of my most anticipated of the festival, and that doesn't change after seeing this teaser trailer, I'm still very excited for it. Jason Segel and Rooney Mara star, along with Robert Redford, in this film about a world where the afterlife is scientifically proven. The two reconnect and look back over their life and choices while the rest of the world struggles with the choice to kill themselves to "get there" or remain alive. This is a fantastic trailer - I love the music, and it sets up some seriously powerful moments. Can't wait to see this.

Here's the first official trailer for Charlie McDowell's The Discovery, direct from Netflix's YouTube:

The Discovery Movie

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 is premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival starting this week - it's one of our Most Anticipated films. Netflix will then be releasing McDowell's The Discovery straight to streaming starting March 31st this spring. Stay tuned for a review from Sundance. Who's interested in seeing this?

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I like the idea of this. Hopefully the afterlife is an energy based super consciousness, where our minds go afterwards. A biblical heaven would be boring, everyone that I'd like would most probably be in hell. It's weird, the christian church actually made suicide a sin after a cult started to try to get people to kill them so they could go to heaven and skip the 'life' part. It wouldn't have been too good for business if people adopted that attitude. 🙂

Carpola on Jan 18, 2017


Wow. That trailer was definitely unnerving....well done! Color me intrigued!

RAW_D on Jan 18, 2017


Great trailer, this looks really good. Another great thing about it is that we'll only have to wait 2 and a half months to see it!

Efterklang on Jan 18, 2017


So many Netflix films as of late. Although they are often good, I am a bit afraid they will soon become a USA or TNT situation. Just churning out mediocre, inoffensive content.

DAVIDPD on Jan 18, 2017


A good cast. I don't know about the idea. Don't like those afterlife things, look always a bit shallow comparing to a living period. Still, I'm planning to see this. So, yes, intrigued anyway ...

shiboleth on Jan 18, 2017


Hey Bo, sorry for late answers, I sometimes wish to think through what I want to say in return. Yeah, we agreed about Rooney Mara being very interesting actress (I guess, I finally wrote her name right) and partially, I have no problem with Jason Segel either. Although, I probably don't know as much as you do about him. But, regarding that idea, the afterlife and how people imagining it. Well, I think we have our divergences and convergences, I wouldn't believe there's some harsh parting in that respect. First of all, I am not a religious person, but I do think that history of religion has given humanity some idea about using its imagination. However, religious idea of afterlife is just one and not necessarily most interesting idea how to use that imagination. But what bothers me the most is the fact that most ideas related to the afterlife are connected to religious one and that's probably me expressing my doubts regarding the whole thing. And, at the same time, I am convinced, which is, I guess, close to what you say, that idea of afterlife is related to humans anxieties. And yeah, anxieties about the death, mostly. But comparing to you, for me is of mild interest, but still, I definitely agree with you, I hope it will be done 'with some intelligence and thoughtfullnes'. And cheers back, of course ...

shiboleth on Jan 21, 2017


Hey Bo, No, there's nothing wrong you've said (and from what I know, I'm not sure if that's even possible), I just had too many things to do and on my mind these days, so I didn't want to write a hasty and pointless comment. Anyway, fear. huh. I am not sure if that is the main driving force but it definitely is important one. Especially nowadays, in times when people are making decisions (political and every other) hoping to reach to some point of security in their lives. Understandable, but I'm not quite sure if that's good enough. Rationalizing one's choice or fear is something really important too, so that's why I think people like to convince themselves they do things in a good and rational way. And collisions between their rationalizations and, let's say, their fears do lead, really, to violence. I do agree, that's interesting and a real interest for every thinking persons. I am just afraid there's not enough of those in this world. As for Jason Segel. Well, I saw a few films with him and not all of them that I wanted to see. He seemed to be solid in some of them, but I agree, he doesn't seem to be the top league. However, I find him a bit likable, I guess. No harm in that, of course. But through his work he'll have to prove himself better than he is now. He just fills that fun part in some films I like, I guess. Cheers Bo ...

shiboleth on Jan 22, 2017


Just to add a bit here, Bo. When I think of notion of rationalization, I think, for the purposes I wanted to clarify here, that reason is more useful in that sense. However, on the other hand, I agree,when it comes to the fear and especially, to the fear of death, people don't have enough weapons to neutralize it. And how could they? But then again, living only through that fear is very often a waiting for death. I certainly don't despise death, but I am trying not to fear it (which, at the same time is not embracing it, either, of course). I live toward it and against it. But yes, a lot of people is living through that fear. I often live feeling fear of life (not from it, of course) since I think I have a lot of good things to do that I still haven't done. And I keep on doing it. Writing a book is my last project. To reason and to imaginate (if I may use such a word since I really like it) about those things keep me going all the time. And yes, I have my reading itinerary very full and I just can't say when that book you are mentioning is going to come my way, but I'll put some effort in reading it. After your frequent mentioning it, I guess, I'll have to do something about it sometimes, right? As for the Segel, it's his problem, I just hope for the best and that the whole enterprise won't end up discouraging. I obviously don't know as much about him as you do. Although, secretly, I hope you won't be right this time... But, definitely, cheers, Bo ...

shiboleth on Jan 24, 2017


Every good book, every good read is a treat, Bo. I take those things seriously. I talk to different people about different books and respect their choices very much. Some of them proved to be something very good. Others not, but if I have chosen to read them, I did it with purpose. Anyway, your valuable suggestion is taken also seriously, and you are not any exception. Note about your book taken and not forgotten. As for Segel, no, I'm not overexited about him, I just like a guy a bit. But also, as said, you might be also right. There are some stars that shine in your eyes for some time, but maybe, this will be also only temporarily... Yeah, to imaginate sounds nice. I compare it to one of the words in Croatian language and tried to find the word with the same meaning in English. To imaginate just seemed legit. Nice that you like it. Cheers...

shiboleth on Jan 24, 2017


After watching the trailer of "The Discovery" I noticed it was very similar to the one of "10 Cloverfield Lane". Here is a little side by side comparison experiment.

Gianfranco Gaioni on Jan 19, 2017

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