Sundance is on the horizon but lucky for us, Netflix has decided release the trailer for The Discovery ahead of the festival premiere. With a star studded cast featuring Jason Segel and Rooney Mara, this seems like a new avenue to be explored for the former.
Here is the official logline from Netflix:
“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 trailer is interesting and has the feel of a Black Mirror episode. The cast is fantastic, and the premise is more than intriguing. With all the impressive work the streaming company has done with their series style programming, their film entries have not exactly been stellar. The Adam Sandler del has been a complete bomb, and the sci fi movies have been admirable in their ambition, but nothing of true merit. This is the first Netflix original movie that could be something special. The trailer has a Hitchcockian flavor to it, and it is going to be interesting to see how Jason Segel adapts to what appears to be a dramatic role, but all signs point to this film being excellent.
Check out the trailer!
Here is the official synopsis:
What would you do if there was proof of an afterlife? The answer to this question is rivetingly explored in The Discovery, where world-renowned physicist Doctor Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) is able to scientifically prove the existence of an afterlife—but with dire consequences. His estranged son, Will (Jason Segel), tries to confront the situation by returning to the New England–esque island where he grew up. He crosses paths with Isla (Rooney Mara), who’s returning to the island for mysterious reasons of her own. The tale unfolds over the ensuing days as the regret of past choices forces these lost characters to reflect on how they’ve gotten to where they are.
Director/co-writer Charlie McDowell (2014’s The One I Love) returns to the Festival with another metaphysical thriller that uses a fascinating premise as a launching point to explore complex issues in a deftly absorbing fashion. Enlisting a world-class cast who use their unique qualities to infuse humor and humanity, The Discovery plays to both the head and the heart.
The Discovery is set to hit Netflix on March 31st and is premiering at Sundance this week and also stars Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons and Riley Keough.