Ellen Page and Kiefer Sutherland
Twenty-eight years after Nelson Wright survived his ordeal of experimenting on near-death experiences, Kiefer Sutherland returns to play the same role of a former medical student in this reboot of the classic Sci-Fi film. It is never mentioned but it will probably be very clearly understood that he is the same character who was in the original ‘Flatliners’ but his name has changed and he’s moved on from the experiments that they were doing way back then. Now he is a professor at a medical university where five medical students concoct a plan to temporarily “flatline” themselves one at a time, stopping all brain activity, to briefly experience death before being resuscitated. A number of them are “killed” and brought back with vivid memories of their past, and the experiment is deemed a success except that as the investigation becomes more and more dangerous, they are forced to confront many sins of their past as well as contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side. This sequel is a lot more frightening than the original with a large focus on the horror genre. Although Sutherland is the only original cast member, this reboot also stars Ellen Page as Courtney Holmes who is outstanding; Diego Luna and James Norton are the other main characters and for those who remember the other original cast of Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Julia Roberts and Oliver Platt these newcomers do a pretty good job. “Flatliners” is a must-see if you have ever wondered what happens after we die, according to the film’s writer Ben Ripley anyway. Certainly a common question pondered by many. The movie offers other moral examples as it forays into the depths of the human psyche, albeit in a traditional Christian way. The original in 1990 was brilliantly directed by Joel Schumacher and many viewers might find Danish director Niels Arden Oplev’s version inferior. But if you haven’t seen the original then this sequel is more than adequate as a Sci Fi horror film with an explanation worth talking about.
Rated M 7.5 out of 10