Flatliners 1990 6 out of 10
I never got around to seeing Flatliners when it came out back in 1990, which is a little weird because I pretty much watched everything. Back in the day I wasn't much of a Kiefer Sutherland or Julia Roberts fan. I grew an appreciation for him after Dark City and the tv series 24 (Still not a fan of Julia). I noticed it was playing on Chiller TV the other day and figured I'd finally get around to checking it out.
Flatliners has a quality cast that consists of Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon. They play a bunch of medical students that decide to experiment around with death to see into the other side. The movie has a cool cast and an interesting concept. They take turns stopping their hearts and then bringing each other back from the edge, the results aren't what they planned for.
As I mentioned above I loved the concept - but the execution feel flat (sorry bad pun) The concept could have been taken in so many interesting and cool directions. Instead it ended up being a little dull. The characters end up being haunted by sins or traumatic moments from their past and struggle to resolve those issues. I was really hoping for something more interesting out of a concept that opened so many doors. It was cool to finally see the movie with it's 1990 retro mullets and catch these actors when they were young again, but I had just hoped for more out of the story.
I hear that a remake is in the works. Hopefully they can take it in a more interesting direction.
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