Netflix’s latest movie release, The Discovery, is an interesting concept for a movie starring Jason Segel.
Following evidence of there actually being an afterlife, millions around the world commit suicide because they believe what comes next must be better than where they are now.
One of these people is Isla, played by Rooney Mara, a young lady who’s given up on life and looking forward to the promise of what comes next.
Will (Jason Segel) prevents Isla from killing herself and takes her to stay with his father (Robert Redford) who is the scientist to make the life-after-death discovery.
The dull colours of the film, and the sullen demeanor of the characters, gives this film a depressing angle on what you would think is a very positive discovery (well, positive besides the mass suicides).
The film is constantly making you question whether or not the afterlife has really been discovered, and with a lot of questionable ethics you’ll also wonder if it’s worth discovering.
The Discovery plays on the personal sense of reality, with many characters experiencing different realities.
A character who is alive has their reality, and a character who is less alive has their own. But does that make either any less real?
And really how can anyone be certain if what we know as reality is actually real and Elon Musk’s simulation theory isn’t what we’re all experiencing right now?
Is anyone actually reading what I’m writing or is it an electronic dream some random person is experiencing, and you and I are just background characters programmed to give that person’s reality substance?
I can’t answer these questions, this is just a review blog after all and I’m sure there’s a nice philosophy blog also powered by wordpress for you to read to try and make sense of alternate levels of reality.
And as a review blog I’ve gotten off track, but I’ll get back to talking about The Discovery.
It was an interesting and compelling psychological drama, so if I was you and had a Netflix subscription and an hour and 45 minutes to spare, I’d give it a go.