NEW Flatliners - Flatliners (Blu-ray)
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The first thing that grabs you about this movie is the suspense. Come on, medical students experiencing clinical death (Flatlining) and trying to come back is not a very serene situation to begin with. But when they outbid each other for length of time when deciding who gets to go next, even the viewer begins saying to his/herself "oh, God, don't let him die!!" (I did anyway). With each gorgeous young actor wanting to be dead longer than the previous, it really puts you at the edge of your seat. As if this weren't enough, all these people that "died" and came back begin being haunted by their past sins and misdeeds, and are mentally, even physically, harmed by them.
This movie features Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, Billy Baldwin and Oliver Platt in much younger, and more dangerous, roles than I've seen most of them play. It's a great movie for a younger audience, and probably only for people with a more open mind to horror and death. A last note: Kiefer Sutherland has a great first line.
The Flatliners itself is a pretty cool movie with a different concept than those in its genre. It deals with young medical students experimenting to find out if there is an afterlife. Once they come back from the afterlife they are haunted by the other side.
This is one of the ultimate "Do not do this at home" movies. Although after I saw it I couldn't help from asking my friends "How much money would you do it for", lol. I bet one you see this you will be asking your friends.
One area where it is lacking though is the DVD itself is lacking any kind of special features, interactive menus, and a decently layed out chapter selection. In all honestly the movie is pretty good but the DVD is terrible compared to other newer DVDs. To me things like that make a difference. The fact that it is cheap makes up for it though.
I think if you enjoyed movies such as Stir of Echoes, The Sixth Sense, Vanilla Sky, or even the Mothman Prophies (underrated movie) you probably will enjoy this movie. At times it is dark and sorta twisted but it always stays on track and never bores you. Definetly check this movie out if you are a fan of Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon or Julia Roberts because they all shine in this movie.
Movie grade - B+
DVD Grade - D-
But where the movie fails is in its rather silly, preachy lecture on the consequences of these actions. I won't give it away here, but the film turns into a cheap spin on a familiar ghost story, something done to much better effect in The Sixth Sense. The acting is just average, with Julia Roberts looking better than average, and constraining her hideous laugh, but the rest just mailing it in--with one exception. Kevin Bacon. He has turned out to be a terrific actor all around (including in Mystic River), and he is a real stand out in this film, too. Too bad he isn't enough to save it.
Watch this movie for the premise, for the director's ability to create suspense, and try not to cringe too much as the truth is revealed. Once again, a great premise dies because of bad execution.
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DVD arrived on time and in expected condition. Absolutely no issues with my purchase. Great movie, excellent story, superb acting, and thought provoking subject.Published 11 months ago by lovemycat
purchased this for my teens, they love movies from the 80's and they really enjoyed the story line and would recommend it to other teens!Published 20 months ago by Pamela Ritchie
great movie have not seen it in years loved it. keeps you on the edge of your seat you have to see itPublished on Dec 6 2012 by mark hutchinson
What can you say about a movie where people play with death and the other side? I think this was done very well and it made me think of how I treat others.Published on Nov. 20 2012 by Kairn C
This has to be my favorite Kiefer Sutherland movie. The basic idea is that five medical students "flatline" themselves to see what happens when you are technically dead. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Suqary Sweet