We might scoff at remakes, but they keep on coming as Hollywood repurposes the old stories for modern audiences. And if you did like The Discovery brought to you by Netflix or the Nineties film, the new version of The Flatliners might be a pick for you.
The Flatliners, directed by Niels Arden Oplev, is a remake of the 1990s drama that ventures closely into the fascination with the afterlife. The Danish filmmaker has the original, critically lauded rendition of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well as Dead Man Down. He decided to take on the horror/sci-fi movie with Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon. Kiefer Sutherland, who joined them on the big screen back in the day, has been re-cast in the new version.
The film line-up includes Ellen Page, who will star alongside Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna, James Norton and Kiersey Clemens. Following five medicine students who fanatically try to uncover the mysteries of the afterlife, we observe the results of a dangerous experiment which they take upon themselves: they stop their hearts for short periods of time, bringing themselves into the state of clinical death to return to life minutes after. However, the consequences are shattering: they’re haunted by the past problems and wrongdoings when the paranormal activity starts disrupting their lives.
Besides the trailer (which you can watch above), the studio has also shared the first poster for The Flatliners.
The film plot is similar to The Discovery, released a couple of months ago on VOD. Let’s recap: in the Netflix film, the doctor proves the afterlife and then goes to deepen his understanding of what it is. However, the film was quite slow, and the acting never really compensated for the messy plot (read our review here).
Will it go deeper than the Netflix production? Will it be more exciting? We’ll wait and see.
The film will be released in the UK on the 29th of September.