Flatliners

Five medical students experiment with the afterlife.

 

United States
Canada
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Professional Film
Babies: 
Newborn
Relative: 
Sibling
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Dimensional: 
Static
Unknown
5.04
Falls flat...
7.04
4
8
8
2
3
3
Performances
Plot
Effects
Flatliners is the remake of a more atmospheric and less horrific supernatural horror thriller made in 1990. Kiefer Sutherland plays a cameo but he would’ve been better off reprising his role. As it is, he brings nothing but confusion. This version is bigger on special effects. It uses a lot of compositing and probably too much. It’s more about astral projection than near death experiences.
In true remake fashion, Flatliners 2017 makes everything larger than life instead of completing what’s there and analyzing what worked well the first time around. The actors are good but most aren’t big names. The movie is impressive, for the first half, but then runs out of steam and never gets better. It’s entertaining, though. It’s filled with horror movie tropes and it’s imaginative.
Expect one of the weirdest house parties in the history of house parties. Expect a steady pace but a predictable plot. The script goes in weird places, but it mostly tries to hit the milestones of Flatliners 1990 and make everything bigger. You’ll forget this flick soon after watching it, so enjoy it while it lasts. Lead actress Ellen Page probably erased it from her memory and so can you.
Alternate Titles: 
Flatliners Remake
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