Coming Soon brings us word that Sony Pictures has released the poster, and trailer, to the new movie Flatliners, the remake of the 1990 Joel Shumacher film which starred Julia Roberts and Keifer Sutherland. The remake stars Ellen Page and Diego Luna. The story centers around five college students who perform a dangerous experiment that tries to prove there is life after death. As each has a unique near death experience, they deal with the sins of their past while also dealing with the consequences of playing with the afterlife.
I am one of the few folks who tries to give remakes a chance. The original Flatliners movie wasn't bad at all. It wasn't a classic of film history, but the premise for the movie was a unique idea. What would happen if people could find a way to prove that there is life after death? What would be the consequences of their actions? Fascinating thoughts, yet in the hands of Joel Schumacher, it wasn't explored as fully as it could have been. Maybe it was the limits of technology of the time. Maybe it was the small budget for the original film. The promise that film offered with its premise was not fulfilled when the credits rolled.
Fast forward to 2017 and we have yet another remake. I have no issue with them remaking this film. If the end result improves upon the original, everyone wins. The big issue I have with the trailer has to do with the modern effects they had to toss in. The original was creepy in its own right without having to rely upon too many practical effects to take you out of the story. (Remember, computer effects in 1990 were nowhere near as prevalent as they became.) This trailer had way too much reliance on computer effects for my tastes. The actual movie may give us something completely different of course, but much like the Colin Farrell, Total Recall remake, I see a movie that has the potential of being good yet will rely on too much special effects to remember that the ingredients of a good movie start with one thing. A good story.
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SOURCE: Coming Soon