Thursday, October 27, 2011

Flatliners (1990)

Synopsis: Impossibly good-looking team of precocious medical students solve their karmic problems by acting Canadian: learning to say "I'm sorry".

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Are you afraid to die? Kiefer Sutherland isn’t. He’s an ambitious, charismatic medical student who persuades classmates Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon to take part in a reckless experiment. To see if there is life after death, they will kill themselves: temporarily shut down (‘flatline’) their heart and brain functions to briefly experience clinical death.”

What Did I Learn?: I would never want to be operated on by any of those quacks.

You Might Like This Movie If: You’ve always wanted to see a little kid kick the snot out of Jack Bauer over and over again.

Really?: 1) Aren’t med students really, really busy people? Aside from a test or two, the gang seems to have lots of time on their hands for hitting on fellow students, drinking coffee, committing short-term suicide, etc... 2) Why did our heroes experience ghostly visitors afterwards? Does that ever happen in normal near-death experiences?

Rating: Flatliners is a fun, but thought-provoking thriller about the meaning of death and our actions in this world. Sutherland’s and Bacon’s past sins were remarkably similar (lazy writing?), and the third act is a bit weak, but it’s not a bad film. 6.5/10 stars.

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