Flatliners, starring Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiefer Sutherland is a remake of the 1990 classic and follows five medical students who stop their hearts to experience the afterlife and prove that there is something after death. However, it does not go to plan and they each have their own nightmares follow them back from beyond the grave. Is it all in their minds or is it something more?
I really enjoyed Flatliners! I thought it was really well made, entertaining, thrilling and gave me quite a few jumps. Flatliners relies on jump scares for the horror aspect and I love that!
The story is very gripping and the movie takes you through the full story of whats going on, why, how and I felt the conclusion was good. Not too Hollywood and not too obscure or leaving you with the feeling of ‘huh? I’m confused’. Finally. A movie with a full, well rounded conclusion and explanation without too much of a sappy ending!
Fun fact: Kiefer Sutherland starred in the original 1990 Flatliners! Instead of being one of the students he is a medical professor. I am yet to see the original but if you’re a fan of the original, I don’t think you will be disappointed with this remake.
I like the idea of the way life after death is presented in the movie. It starts off lovely and you feel and experience more than when you’re alive but then the longer you’re dead the more sinister the after life begins to turn. Is this a malevolent presence or is it just subconscious?
The idea of stopping your heart to then be revived a minute later to prove the existence of life after death is an extremely risky let alone difficult thing to do so I didn’t find the fact that four of the students all died and came back completely fine and unscathed physically is a bit far fetched. However, it makes for a great movie!
I don’t want to give away the conclusion or give too many spoilers so I’ll leave my thoughts there. I would love to know what you thought of the remake! Was it better than the original? Did you like the story and the conclusion? Let me know in the comments below!