Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"Flatliners" Falls Flat, But Doesn't Totally Break on Impact [DVD Review]

"Flatliners" will no doubt appeal to 15-year olds out there with its party and rave scenes that feel like the director of a Katy Perry video shot them. The film just doesn't dig deep enough into its subject matter to improve upon or add anything of substance to what came before. All that being said, there are some creepy moments to be found.

What's up with Kiefer Sutherland being in this new incarnation of "Flatliners?" He plays an aged doctor and teacher, but not the same character from the original film. They could have easily changed his name and nothing else and had him be the same person he was in the original movie. Talk about a major missed opportunity both promotionally and storywise.

Fans of the original "Flatliners" have no reason to take the time to watch this. What we get here is a sort of millenial Cliff Notes retread of Joel Schumacher's cult classic. It's riddled with the type of generic scares audiences are used to today, but nothing that digs far enough below the surface to give us anything fresh.

"Flatliners" is rated PG - 13 for violence and terror, sexual content, language, thematic material, and some drug references. The sexual content is pretty graphic, but there's no nudity shown.

"Flatliners" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

Rating: Meh

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