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Flatliners 2017 review and rating

***

Director Niels Arden Oplev

Starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, James Norton

Verdict Resuscitated horror

FLATLINERS, Mark II, is extra push-start than reboot.

The 25-year-old sci-fi basic would possibly really feel like a up to date journey, nevertheless it has lots of the identical flaws as the unique mannequin.

You’d have thought the filmmakers would have achieved a bit extra work on the chassis within the intervening interval.

Like the 1990 model, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon and Julia Roberts, the brand new movie options clever performances from a young-ish solid.

Juno’s Ellen Page leads the well-matched ensemble as Courtney Holmes, a medical pupil haunted by her position within the automotive accident that resulted within the loss of life of her sister.

Obsessed with guilt, Courtney develops an experiment by which she will be able to expertise the afterlife for herself.

With the help of her fellow college students, and a disused emergency ward within the basement of the hospital, Holmes intends to flatline for 60 seconds earlier than being introduced again to life to doc the expertise.

When inexperience threatens to derail the experiment – for good – her determined mates name Diego Luna’s older, wiser colleague, who resuscitates the “patient” within the nick of time.

The rush of the near-death expertise bonds the gang. Holmes’ heightened consciousness and razor sharp recall encourage them to strive it for themselves.

James Norton’s rash, impulsive, threat taker goes subsequent.

Nina Dobrov’s ultra-competitive excessive achiever and Kiersey Clemon’s dutiful, hot-housed daughter observe.

All of which includes the identical pointless ingredient of repetition that interrupted the pacing of the primary movie.

Like its predecessor, the brand new model additionally nails the horror parts.

Danish filmmaker Neils Arden Oplev (who directed the Swedish model of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), establishes a creepily institutional ambiance from the get go.

And the characters’ visions of the afterlife – every of them is confronted by a previous sin – are each evocative and disturbing.

Flatliners’ major downside – and once more this may be traced again to the movie’s roots — is its decision.

Having arrange a daring, provocative premise – by which a bunch of cocky, self-entitled medical college students assume they’ll cheat loss of life with none lasting penalties – the filmmakers reveal themselves to be surprisingly gutless.

Rather than following via, like their characters, they take refuge in pop psychology, delivering a shallow, unsatisfying message about taking duty for one’s previous errors.

When it was introduced final 12 months that Kiefer Sutherland had signed onto the venture, he described it as a sequel fairly than a remake. Reports, on the time, mentioned Sutherland would reprise his position as Nelson Wright.

Now there’s an concept which may have taken us someplace attention-grabbing.

The completed movie, nevertheless, makes no point out of previous experiments. And Sutherland’s character goes by the title of Dr Barry Wolfson.

Despite blended critiques, the 1990 model of Flatliners went on to develop into a cult hit. Perhaps that’s what in the end persuaded the makers of this new model to play it simply as secure.

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