Today isn’t a good day to die.
In Joel Schumacher’s 1990 cult Flatliners, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon and Julia Roberts, four Medical students experiment on “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.
On September 29, 2017, Sony Pictures plays God once again with their own version of Flatliners, this time featuring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons.
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the first trailer has been zapped to life, only it’s DOA. While the original film was dark, gritty and absolutely terrifying, this new version looks like it’s trying to be hip and cool and ends up landing somewhere between Limitless and “The OA”. The “modern take” looks anything but scary, not to mention the dialogue is beyond cringeworthy (“It’s like her brain’s been rewired!”). They may as well have used a somber rendition of Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart”, which I’m sure was discussed. Frankly, I’m embarrassed for this movie.
If anything positive has come of this, it’s the ridiculously cool poster that we’ve shared below.
In Flatliners, five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience. As the investigation becomes more and more perilous, they are forced to confront the sins of their pasts, as well as contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.
One change is that there’s an additional student. Otherwise, the only real insight we have is that Ben Ripley’s screenplay is secretly a sequel. In fact, Kiefer Sutherland returns to his role from 27 years ago.
“I play a professor at the medical university,” Sutherland told Metro last July. “It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original ‘Flatliners’ but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film.”
Sutherland played Nelson Wright in the original film, a medical student who wanted to see what the afterlife held by allowing himself, and his partners, to be killed only to be resuscitated minutes afterward.
“I loved making the first film and when I was asked if I would be interested in taking part in this, it didn’t take more than a minute to say yes,” Sutherland excitedly told the site.