Parents' Guide to

The Discovery

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Suicide shown, discussed throughout bleak sci-fi drama.

Movie NR 2017 102 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Hollow and boring.

2 shootings. 1 self inflicted. Neither are graphic. 22 f words. Pretentious, undramatic, unexplained, anything tgat seems interesting is undone by some BS, wooden pwrformances with no chemistry.

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This should be a good movie, but the end result feels like a squandered opportunity and a frustrating failure. An interesting premise paired with talented and even iconic actors generally inspires high hopes and exceeded expectations. And when the end result falls far short of the movie's potential, as it does in this movie, the disappointment is equal only to how heavy and depressing the final product turned out to be.

(Spoiler) In case anyone was unsure of the mood of the movie after a cameraman commits suicide on live television by shooting himself in the head within the first five minutes, don't worry, because just about the rest of the movie has cadaver gray as the dominant color. And if that isn't enough, the actors deliver their lines in a narcoleptic stupor, dialogue so excessively somber and grim it makes the worst of Ayn Rand and M. Night Shamalayan seem breezy and lighthearted by comparison. There is no trace of humor as a coping mechanism -- the closest these characters get to release is by watching the beardo of the group sloppily strum indie-rock chords on his electric guitar. And how is religion, government, and society impacted by this discovery of an afterlife? It's not even touched on here. Unlike a movie like Children of Men, in which an equally fascinating and dire premise is fully explored with characters allowed to experience a spectrum of emotions beyond mere monotone bummer, the ramifications are hardly explored.

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