What if you could momentarily abandon life and come back with the answers to death? Would you do it? That's what a few medical students attempt to do in "FLATLINERS", a 90s film with a razor's edge.
The blockbuster cast features Kiefer Sutherland(Nelson), Julia Roberts(Rachel) and Kevin Bacon(David), before they were as big and seasoned as they are now. This movie was pulled from the personal collection, hope you enjoy the review.
The film begins by showing each of the young doctors basking in their perspective element, learning to save lives and pushing the envelope every chance they get. While most of them are tooting their own horns,
Nelson, thinks outside of the box and develops a plan to see if there is life after death.
Now, the only thing missing is the team he must convince to assist him in carrying out this risky experiment. With the help of Rachel, David and few more, Nelson begins his dark experiments, but he forgot to ask one question. Will death allow me to return to the living, unharmed?
"FLATLINERS" does a great job of keeping the suspense and mystique of the film high for the time period in which it was filmed. Today, it's apparent that movies rely too heavily on CG and other effects to create a good picture. Films like "FLATLINERS" were created when they had real movie sets and utilized quality actors to sell the stories. Nowadays, there's green screen sets and computers presenting most of the vision. That's why it's always nice to have a personal stash of cinema to enjoy when theaters are saturated with quantity, but not quality.
This movie has a few elements of psychosis or one might say supernatural hints, as the characters either battle with severe hallucinations or unsettled spirits communicating from beyond. Either way you slice it, "FLATLINERS" makes for good entertainment, both in the land of the living and dead. Where else can you see Kiefer Sutherland(Nelson) encourage others to die, only after dying himself? Or watch (David)Kevin Bacon's childhood come back to show him the error of his ways. Doctors playing "God", interesting concept for a movie, but isn't that what doctors do anyway?
Joel Schumacher did an excellent job of keeping the film level without using a ton of non-relevant filler. The story didn't stray off of topic too much if it did at all, you are able to follow this movie clearly throughout the entire presentation. The performances from the actors were all top notch and it's easy to see a lot of their well known signatures can be seen even in earlier films such as this one. Unhinged Reviews recommends this film for anyone that likes a little suspense with their Julia Roberts or for those interested in the possibility of an afterlife.
So what do you think? Is there more to it after we perish?
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