Since Hollywood is in the habit of remaking everything in sight, why not the nominal 1990 hit “Flatliners” too, right? The movie was more memorable for its casting of names like Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon than it was for its actual content. To be fair, it was a decently creepy supernatural thriller, directed with some flair by Joel Schumacher.
I have been getting mixed info on the 2017 version. Some say it’s a reboot/remake, others claim it’s a sequel of sorts, which means it takes into account the characters and events of the original. Whatever the case, I just want it to be its own thing. The cast is solid, led by Ellen Page, and the talent behind the camera also sounds promising — it’s directed by Niels Arden Oplev (Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), and written by Ben Ripley (“Source Code”). But this trailer makes it look generic as heck. I’ll still watch it for the curiosity factor.
Here’s the official synopsis: “In Flatliners, five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience. As the investigation becomes more and more perilous, they are forced to confront the sins of their pasts, as well as contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.”
“Flatliner’s” stars Ellen Page (“Inception”), Diego Luna (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), Nina Dobrev (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), James Norton (“Happy Valley”) and Kiersey Clemens (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”). It premieres 29th September.