Flatliners (2017)

Director Niels Arden Oplev
Starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev
Rated M
Score 1/6

Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

There is some questions over whether or not Flatliners is a remake, reimagination or a sequel. Reimagination is a fake cinematic term coined by studio executives and filmmakers who have consistently failed to recapture the nostalgic feelings that they so desperately crave and somehow, I just don’t see that happening as the 1990 and 2017 movies have vastly different ratings in the US. It should be noted that Kiefer Sutherland reprises his role from the first film supposedly making this a sequel rather than a remake, slight spoiler Sutherland’s casting is little more than a fanservice and his role in the ‘movie’ was about as pivotal to the plot as the fact that with the recent release of Beauty and the Beats Le Fou became the first homosexual in a Disney film. So, let’s face it no matter how the executives try to spin this 2017 version of Flatliners directed by Niels Arden Oplev is a remake.
I’ll admit it I have not seen the original movie it’s never really been the movie that I thought that I just had to watch. The only reason why I decided to see this ‘remake’ was that it was a spur of the moment decision following a NEED to get out of the house. In retrospect, I probably should have chosen a different movie to watch at the friendly neighbourhood cinema.
This is a movie that even with the dark themes that it was dealing with failed to be scary and in all honesty just failed. I’m pretty sure that this might be the type of movie that sticks with an actor and not in a good way.