“Flatliners” Review ✦✦✧✧✧

30 September, 2017

Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Screenwriter: Ben Ripley
Director of Photography: Eric Kress
Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Kiefer Sutherland

Synopsis: An ambitious medical student with an interest in studying the unconscious space between life and death convinces a group of friends to participate in a dangerous experiment which involves stopping their hearts and bringing them back to life.

Flatliners Review:

A dated revival movie designed to add to cinema’s already over-saturated reboot line-up, Niels Arden Oplev’s latest project is a bonkers turn from the man who helmed the first adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Lacking self-awareness and tarnished by its place as a second-rate rip-off, “Flatliners” is the year’s most pointless ensemble piece with born-again scream queen Ellen Page trying her best to save face as the lead player in yet another muddled and messy thriller.

Dead on arrival and sprinting without a pulse, “Flatliners” is the kind of pseudoscientific madness that leaves medical professionals cringing in disbelief at the sheer audacity of its subject matter. Cursed by its lack of plausibility yet happily rubbing salt into its own wounds, the movie features vacant jump scares and bland backstories at their most utterly forgettable, signing viewers up for an out-of-body experience that few would choose to participate in and casually suggesting its circumstances to be somewhat believable when proposed in the name of research.

Suspension of disbelief at its most eye-wateringly brainless, “Flatliners” is cursed by the same lack of plausibility that still taints the original but its inability to recapture the frivolity of a 90s screenplay leaves it skydiving without a parachute from the moment its doctors head down into the basement. Inherently flawed from the get-go, the movie finds little excuse to resuscitate an old story, relying on the kind of B-Movie appeal that only works in an inherently cheesy era and leading to a remake that feels like pure insanity. Oddly fascinating but completely inexcusable as a serious movie, “Flatliners” is a hilariously inept piece of filmmaking; a truth captured wonderfully in the missing license plates on its primary mode of transport.


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