THE PLOT THUS FAR
Medical students bring themselves near death; their experiment begins to go awry.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Flatliners” is a film about a bunch of bored medical students going all Sci-Fi while playing David Carradine’s Thai Vacation. You get a ton of Not Ready for the Brat Pack players working together to create a Joel Schumacher film. That being said, it’s an interesting plot with poorly thought out execution. But, you get Julia Roberts acting like a human for the first time in forever. Kiefer Sutherland gets the most to do, as he plays the medical student that wants to die in order to start tripping balls across the metaphysical plane.
This was one of the first R rated movies that I remember seeing and it was always a source of disappointment. It’s not like you get a ton of violence or any nudity. Everything just happens to happen and carry fake guilt into a new scene. I know that one of my age should respect drama in my genre entertainment. That being said, I can’t say that the movie blew my socks off. I admire that it was from a time when Joel Schumacher was willing to play around with genre expectations and do something different. It’s just that he was never able to stick the landing and make a film that lasts. “Flatliners” is a passing trifle that will keep you entertained for an afternoon at best.
The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty standard for a Mill Creek HD release. The 1080p transfer shows off a bit more when compared to the older SONY Blu-Ray from 2007. That being said, the Dolby track is very lossy and nowhere near what I’d expect from a Blu-Ray release. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 07/22/2014