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Flatliners (2017)

Flatliners (2017)
Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons

Rated: PG-13 for violence and terror, sexual content, language, thematic material, and some drug references.
Reviewed by: Nina  
Release date: September 29, 2017 Released by: Columbia Pictures

When the studios remake a movie that was already pretty good, I usually try to watch the old one first then the new one to compare.  In this case, I didn't watch the first Flatliners but went to watch this one with a clean slate and was pleasantly surprised.

This movie was a good take on a group of millennials in an adverse situation trying to resolve it in their own way.  These are young doctors (again), trying to find a new drug (again), each with their own story, trying to experience the afterlife by "flatlining", intentionally causing death, and having their colleagues bring them back.  While they are on the other side, they come face-to-face with their guilty conscious – one dealing with a car accident they caused, one dealing with a death they were responsible for and one dealing with hurt feelings from a promise they did not keep.

This movie has action and very dramatic scenes bordering on the scary/horror theme when they see dead people and situations that aren't there.  It is fast paced, the car crash and the first flatline experience coming pretty soon in the movie to keep you interested.  There are some gruesome, medical scenes but nothing that makes you turn away and it goes a long way to make you understand what each character is seeing and feeling.

I liked the acting as well, Ellen Page is very good playing an older character, she still has a young face but pulls off the young doctor role with ease, Diego Luna is scruffy and almost not believable as a doctor but his compassion is needed and when the others start to lose their perspective, he holds the group together.  Keifer Sutherland is in this one too, as the seasoned doctor with a nod & and wink to the character he played before. 

There are updates in technology and medical procedures that keep the movie current and watchable.  They are in the unused portion of the hospital basement where there is new, state of the art equipment that lends to the scary factor and enough good acting to keep you caring about the characters.  All in all, it's pleasant to watch, the same and also different enough to make it worthwhile to spend your time watching.  It's a good, Saturday afternoon movie worthy of the popcorn snack.

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