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Netflix’s Discovery

A Review of the Netflix Original Movie

Jaurdyn Johnson, Editor

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Most people believe that there is life after death and The Discovery, Netflix Original movie, explores the idea of the afterlife existing, but the failed plot completely ruined the thrill found in the first twenty minutes of the film.

In a summary of the movie Will played by Jason Segel is the son of the infamous scientist who found evidence of the afterlife. While Will is on his way to visit his father, played by Robert Redford, Will meets Isla, played by Rooney Mara, who is a spunky lover of the idea of the The Discovery, and from then on Will and Isla are instantly connected.

The Discovery had given the illusion that the film would focus solely on the problem surrounding the unveiling of the proof of the afterlife. However, the plot was completely been compromised.

Instead of the plot being focused on Will’s fight to convince his father, the scientist responsible for the “discovery”, that making his findings public before he knew the aftermath would be detrimental to the public, it was focused on the love story between Will and Isla which was solely based on Will’s ability to care for others.

On top of a failed plot, the movie also had a lot of failed potential.

The producers hey vaguely touched on the subject of if the afterlife is just a way to start over, and showed how your consciousness goes to a time where you regret not doing something or so on, but this was only a theory.

The positive side about this movie is that the cinematography was overall fantastic. The gloom created by the dreary “island” was spooky and added to the suspense. The acting by Segel and Redford was superb, but Mara’s character fell flat due to love and romance.

The suspenseful wait for how the movie ends was nail biting but, the end of the movie really did lack any explanation, and the loop did not make any sense whatsoever. The little details like a rolling count of how many have decided to kill themselves was eerie.

I had hoped that somehow the characters would discuss how the suicides are disastrously, and try to find a way to make people stay alive. Instead, two unexpected death, and a disappointing end to a movie that deserves a 1 out of 5 Pogebras at best.

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