Editors' Choice

A Look at Netflix’s “The Discovery”

Steve Porter / January 25, 2017

This story takes place one year after the biggest scientific and philosophical discovery in the history of humanity. There’s proof of the existence of an afterlife.


Charlie McDowell (The One I Love) directs and co-wrote this science fiction romance film with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It’s not yet rated, but we’re expecting, at minimum, that it will be PG-13. Alongside McDowell, we’ve got Justin Lader (Errand Boys) on screenplay duty. This is the second time McDowell and Lader have worked together and their previous film The One I Love, currently has a 7.1 rating from the votes of  24,000 members on IMDB and won awards at both The Newport Beach Film Festival and San Francisco Film Critics Circle. We’re excited to see what kind of magic the pair have cooked up this time.



Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Ron Canada (Cinderella Man), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Rooney Mara (Her), and Riley Keough (American Honey) lend their talent to the film so we can rest assured in expecting top notch acting and believable characters.


Netflix posted the trailer for the film to their YouTube channel on the 18th of January, 2017, and it’s safe to say that the trailer is rather ambiguous and it’s not that easy to discern what exactly is going on. We get some heavy surrealist vibes from the images and tones in the trailer and there is an uncomfortable air of uneasiness throughout it.  



The film is scheduled for release on the streaming service on the March 31st, 2017. We’ve got a good feeling this might end up being on par with other Sci-Fi romance films like 2013’s Her starring Joaquin Phoenix.