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Flatliners (2017): Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Oct 28, 2017 - 11:57:48 PM

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An uninspired and soulless flick that attempts to answer the question of the here after with an answer of empty promise.

Flatliners (2017)

One of the taglines for this movie: You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Died. When five students of medicine embark on a daring experiment to map electrical activity in the human brain for a time period after death, it becomes a life altering experience for those who go through with it. However, problems soon arise for those who have survived the process and now they must each figure out a way to put an end to the threat they have invited into their lives.

Courtney Holmes is a promising med student looking to use an unused backup basement of the hospital she is learning at, to find out what the brain goes through just minutes following death. Sophia is a pressured medical school student looking to do what ever is necessary to show her overbearing mother that she has what it takes to be a doctor. Marlo is a studious medical novice trying her best to be her best in order to be seen as beyond reproach in class. Jamie is a rich medical school pupil looking to hook up with any of the women open to him and his charm as he tries to deal with the consequences of past immaturity. Ray is a med school student doing well in his year and helps in Courtney’s experiment to make sure everyone is resuscitated correctly.

Flatliners is a mess of a horror film that is not able to define the rules of its sci-fi event to properly payoff any of its jump scare scenes. This motion picture had plot holes that it created due to careless editing which denied the audience of any opportunity to empathize with the main characters. The cast is not given much to do and are missing the passion in their performances that made the original film worth watching for the most part. Niels Arden Oplev does a disappointing job directing this motion picture as he flounders from scene to scene unable to reach the bar set by the first. Ben Ripley’s screenplay sacrifices competitive nature of the source material for millennials looking for shortcuts to enhanced recall ability to help in studying. This movie fails to establish the parameters for its horror convincingly which robs the viewer of the slightest hope of sharing in the triumph of any character overcoming any of the obstacles they must confront. I rate this flick a rating of 1 & 1/2 out of 5.


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Flatliners (2017)


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