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on 23 April 2015
A strangely compelling sort of film. Quite unique in many ways, subject matter especially.

Deliberately killing and then resuscitating themselves, five medical students keep upping the stakes and encounter increasingly odd consequences.

The atmosphere contributes greatly, however does leave one wondering where and when is this medical department set in some dark and dirty cathedral, and yet outside life seems relatively normal and contemporary.

You can't argue with the star cast here, Bacon, Sutherland and Roberts star, however Baldwin and Platt are hardly unknowns either!

A moody film that seems to fit in with the sort of "Lost Boys" era of Sutherland it's well worth a watch.
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on 8 May 2014
as a bunch of budding doctors try out dying an seeing the effects have to deal with their own nightmares from their past one most of all is constantly attacked by a boy he accidentally killed withbullying. a lsson to young children and a good film to see
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on 13 November 2013
Always liked this film and with technological progression comes the need to replace the VHS copy! I'm no expert, but the quality of the DVD seems to be good. The film itself, I'd say has a good plot, good cast and good soundtrack. All round a great film imo.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 November 2014
I remember coming out the theatre after having seen Flatliners in 1990 and being really annoyed. The premise of the story is so superb and was ripe for a terrifying horror film, but Flatliners then, and now, is not terrifying, but that actually doesn't matter.

In 1990 some of the more bright young acting prospects were off making Memphis Belle, the other half that was made up of potential Brat Packers like Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon, were joining director Joel Schumacher for this delve into life after death experiments.

The tyro medical students, led by a darkly egotistical Sutherland, begin inducing their own deaths to see what awaits once the flatline has been reached. Seems great at first, but as the students push the time limits of being dead still further, what comes into their real worlds is actually not welcome.

Pic is never close to being frightening, but the thematics involved are chilling and the big message at its heart is loud and clear. At times it's an uneasy blend of supernatural dalliances and medical science, but the breezy cast hold engagement, while cinematographer Jan de Bont's misty lenses are perfectly in the realm of the ethereal. 7/10
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on 19 July 2013
The basic premise is a group of medical students who are interested in near death experiences. As each person 'goes under', they bring back unresolved issues from their past.

Great acting from Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon. Overall a great intense film with lots of twists and turns!
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on 13 June 2015
This was the second film that Kiefer Sutherland worked with Joel Schumacher who he just collaborated with the director in vampire classic 80's film The Lost Boys. Some of the acting is done well by Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon whereas the rest not as much. It's story development is promising at first but then gets disappointing at the end.
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on 24 May 2010
An excellent premise that is beautifully brought to life. This explores aspects of 'life after death' in a postive and frightening way. A great cast, a great story and some brilliant ideas all come together in this film. One for the watching.
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on 11 June 2015
As a retired cardiologist I found it quite entertaining if not quite technically sound in terms of cardiovascular stand-still (Flat lining). They hadn't died as such, only experienced an OOBE (Out of Body Experience). There are much safer ways of inducing OOBE's
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on 10 December 2013
Bought this as I loved it when it was released, also bought it because despite the endless tv showings of some films this is one that is rarely shown. It's a great film, it's deep it has performances by some of the 80s90/s top castings.
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on 11 January 2001
This film is a great psychological thriller that keeps you guessing throughout.The cast of KEVIN BACON,KIEFER SUTHERLAND AND JULIA ROBERTS were perfectly selected as the ambitious medical students who go one step too far.The director , JOEL SCHUMACHER, went on to do other great films such as FALLING DOWN and A TIME TO KILL and this movie really set him up as a respectable and talented director.this is a must see movie but is not for the easily shocked.
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