Source: Red Box
Note: I haven’t seen the original Flatliners, only the remake released in 2017.
When I first saw the trailer for Flatliners, it was one of the movies I really wanted to try to see in theaters. With it coming out around Halloween, that desire was almost impossible to fulfill. There were so many other good movies heading to theaters, too! I decided to wait until it came to OnDemand. Let’s just say everything happens for a reason.
Instead of paying almost $12 to see this movie, I only wasted about $5, which was still too much money to pay in my opinion. I honestly wish I tried to search around for a Red Box in the area.
The movie was stretched to a 2 hour film when it could have been compressed to 90 minutes, tops. So there’s 2 hours of your day wasted then and there.
For those of you who don’t know, the premise of the movie involves a group of medical school students who decide to flatline (stop their heart) for up to 5 minutes at a time and then resuscitate themselves in hopes of finding out what happens once you die. It’s a hush-hush study performed in the hospital’s basement (stupid) to see any possible near-death experiences and what brain activity occurs. From the trailer, it also seemed like each student who participated in this brought some kind of demon back with them once they were brought back to life.
Somewhat interesting, right?
There’s a group of 5 who participate in this stupid “study”, and one of them never even flatlines! He’s just there because he’s the only competent doctor out of the friend group. Without him, no one would be resuscitated. I’m not even sure how any of the other 4 got into this med school.
So they all flatline, come back to life, and then they’re able to start accessing areas of their brains that couldn’t be accessed before. They begin to experience heightened emotions and intelligence. You actually see why they could potentially be a doctor one day LOL.
This only lasts about a day until they’re haunted. I thought this was going to be the scary part but I was wrong. It’s just their sins/past mistakes coming after them. Each one of them has done something shady in the past and now it’s (literally) catching up to them.
In the end, it comes down to being a story of letting go of any built up guilt you have and to forgive yourself for your wrongdoings or mistakes or else they will haunt you, and eventually consume you.
Basically this “horror” movie wasn’t scary at all, more of a thriller, if anything. I had all the wrong intentions about it. It didn’t really captivate my attention and I found myself on my phone for half of it. The other half of the time, I was wishing it would be over soon.
If you still want to see this movie, go into it with low expectations or just no expectations at all. It had such a horrible Rotten Tomatoes rating and I watched it anyways. This will always be a mistake. Take the Rotten Tomatoes rating into consideration.
I hope you enjoyed my (very) amateur movie review on Flatliners. I love watching any horror movies, even the stupid ones! I want to watch them and review them so you don’t have to suffer if you don’t have to!!