I love movies that make us think, and all of the ones I’ve watched lately, intrigued me or stayed with me a while after I’ve watched them, finally opening my eyes to different matters in life. Which The Discovery didn’t make me do because of the way it’s made or how good it is, but because it unleashed my mind and freed theories I realized I believed in even before I put them into words.
Will (Jason Segel), is more of a rational person, or a nonbeliever for that matter. Ironically, Thomas (Robert Redford), his dad, discovers the existence of afterlife while observing some subconscious brain waves a body emits after death. A thing that, nowadays, might be a hope for society’s fear. But as good as it may sound, the discovery includes some yin/yang theory. It generates a wave of a million suicides, which by the first 20 minutes in the movie it skyrockets to over 4 million, as people, clueless about what lies in the next realm, jump head first in the waves to test Thomas’ discovery.
Death might be a bit obsolete in a movie about afterlife, but each of the characters is reacting to it in their own way. Thomas seeks out what exactly happens to a person after they die, not just proof of afterlife, in hope to ease his guilt. Will detaches himself from the family after his mom’s death and disapproves his dad’s experiments. Isla (Rooney Mara), a troubled woman Will meets on his way to his dad’s house, also develops a tumultuous relationship with death because of her son’s passing away. Despite all this, they still think rationally and try to stop other people from making the same mistake, after finding out the experiment doesn’t mean what Thomas and everyone else thought it did. So why are so many people interested in it? What makes this girl that found out she has cancer feel like she won the lottery, or this group of cheerleaders take a bunch of pills and get to that happy, illusionary life after death? The second chance.
Even though the movie is named the discovery, there are more discoveries included, the second being the opportunity to act differently, changing the curse of events and maybe erase the biggest regret you have. My question is, what kind of regrets can people have to want to do that so much? How bad can their life become for them to kill themselves, hoping to get somewhere better?
“It’s our instinct to search for meaning, and when there is none, it’s our instinct to create meaning so we just lie to ourselves…”
We lie to ourselves with the second chances, and with the difference between things that matter and that don’t. Things that are important enough and the ones we can just get over easily, thinking it won’t matter that much in a few years. But what if those chances never come back? What if those years never get here, because what we already did was important enough to change everything?
“We’re all a bunch of people running around, making the same mistakes over and over” are the words Will said that no body thought about, until the very end of the movie when their meaning hits us. Anyway, I don’t think we have to understand the movie, but mainly create our own theory about it, get our own perception.
I’m saying this is as a movie that everyone should watch. A movie that would and should open our eyes. It’s a mind-fucking kinda way to make us aware of it, but it’s as simple as that. If we don’t see the importance of our actions in the present, we might regret it our whole life. But it would be too late, because the loop of mistakes is already activated. And I’m just wondering, is it worth to keep feeding that hope of afterlife, where we get a second chance and everything will be alright, or should we already start changing something, make the here and now as good as we hope for it to be after we die?
And why do we need a movie to open our eyes to this?
If interested in something that sums it up, you can check the trailer here:
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