Since Hollywood’s M.O. is taking advantage of all grown-up millennials who now have disposable incomes, here we are again with another remake. Flatliners intend to be something different though, as one of its original cast members insists that it’s actually a sequel.
The movie has a group of rising actors similar to the original. The cast does their best to sell this movie with what they’re given. Unfortunately no matter what emotional heft Ellen Page and co. try to inject into the plot, the movie ploddingly lives up to its title.
You have a group of stereotypical characters – the wunderkind, the overachiever, the silent hero, the playboy, and the underdog. We know little about them because the plot is too busy trying to be cool to give them any shade of characterization.
The bigger problem is that Flatliners can’t decide what flatlining is supposed to be, and by extension, what the movie wants to be. It starts as some kind of addicting pseudoscience and then hints at being a psychological horror. But the movie abandons these two ideas for something easier – karma.
None of the movie’s elements bring anything interesting to the table. You’re given a mix of young people behaving badly and redundant generic jumpscares. The flatlining scenes aren’t even interestingly trippy or mysteriously intriguing dreamscapes, just vivid but forgettable imagery.
When the doctors finally get around to do something and the climax finishes with the final atonement, nothing matters because you aren’t invested in any of them or have anything to suspend your disbelief.
Whether it’s supposed to be a remake or a sequel, Flatliners has nothing to offer save for its attractive cast of talented actors who get haplessly involved in a mediocre blockbuster.
The movie does have an interesting idea at the core. If it had committed to its pseudoscience perhaps a serviceable distraction would have emerged.
The obvious would be a popcorn flick about well-intentioned science in the hands of misguided people. Nobody’s looking for a masterpiece and no one asked for a sequel to the original.
Unfortunately, this sequel is only a brain dead clone of a movie that didn’t need to be resuscitated.
Flatliners remake has cardboard characters, generic horror elements, and a dull indecisive plot.