Flatliners remake isn't quite up to par

October 3, 2017

COURTESY IMDB.COM

Ellen Page as main character, Courtney, in "Flatliners," the 2017 re-make to the 1990 film by the same name. 

 

Starting off by pointing out that the original Flatliners movie made $61.3 million during its opening weekend, this year’s remake had a $20 million budget and grossed in $9.8 million of revenue worldwide over the same period.

Sad.


After watching, I’m not surprised this had such a low overall turn-out. 


Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) plays Courtney, who has a tragic past which leads to her decision to try to flatline for one minute then shock herself back to life so she can tell the world about the wonders of the afterlife.


Page takes it upon herself to recruit a stressed out Sophia, played by the cute Kiersey Clemons (Dope, Neighbors 2) and spoiled boy toy Jamie, played by James Norton (Grantchester, War & Peace) to help with her “extracurricular” activity. 


Compared to the original, the cast is weak.


 I mean, it’s hard to compare to Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland – who made an appearance as the main teacher in this new one.


Once Page “dies” is when the best part of the movie begins. 


The camera’s view pans floor-by-floor above the hospital as she dies and then she begins to take flight around the city. 


I prefer this to the 1990 version, which portrayed dying simply as colored flashbacks.But like I said, this was the most memorable part of the movie.


So now, of course after she comes back to life with memory of everything she’s ever learned, they all desire a chance to go to the other side and come back with super brain powers – but your brain knows you better than yourself and can bring out problems you didn’t even know you had.


The gang begins seeing apparitions from their past that were supposed to be “scary” but you can’t help but watch it as a joke.


 At one point the song “If you’re happy and you know it” came on at a suspenseful part of the movie. 

 

Instead of being wrapped up in suspence, the audience in my theater clapped along with the song; a swing and a miss.


Something the original did that the remake didn’t was concentrate on each individual’s messed up hauntings rather than the cheesiness of a love story. 


The remake presented potential love interests and let the corniness of getting to know someone sting longer than it should have, bringing the value way down.


The director, Niels Arden Oplev, had a chance to take a step up in making this an exploratory thrilling sci-fi. 


Unfortunately,  Arden Oplev created a long drawn out horrific version of Grey’s Anatomy. 


The 2017 remake of Flatliners was scarier than the original; only because it had quick jolts of loud theatrical music.


 Other than that, it was all too stale. The actors did their best with their cliché roles but they can’t help that the movie followed a basic layout. 


There was a problem then there was an answer. 


And the answer is hilariously self-helpish. 


I give the Flatliners remake 3 out of 5 stars,  yours truly.

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