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Flatliners (1990)

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Four Medical students experiment on "near death" experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.

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Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Some lines shouldn't be crossed.


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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Kevin Bacon was cast as the idealistic yet pragmatic David Labraccio who provides the voice of reason for the other experimenters and who tries to right an old wrong committed in his childhood. Director Joel Schumacher said: "Labraccio is the opposite of Nelson [Wright (Kiefer Sutherland]. As the movie progresses, everyone becomes dependent on Labraccio as a kind of center to hold them all together, especially Nelson". See more »

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We see Nelson take potassium chloride from the bottle and inject it right into his arm. But the way one does it, is to draw blood from the arm into the syringe top where it mixes with the blood. Then the whole mixture is injected back into the body. A medical student would know this. See more »

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[first lines]
Nelson Wright: Today is a good day to die.
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PARTY TOWN
Written and Performed by David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart)
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
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A dark, original thriller
2 July 1999 | by (San Diego, USA) – See all my reviews

Hmmm.... Since I love Kiefer Sutherland so much, my review might be a little biased. He was, however, pretty good in Flatliners. A wonderful idea for a movie, and a great gothic-type thriller. Sutherland's guilt and fright at the return of boy he taunted terribly when he was young (I'll try not to give away the rest) seemed genuine, especially since he seems drawn more often than not to act characters that are a**holes (there was really no other way to put it). As a young medical school student, his research into life after death draws his friends into dangerous situations and a great finale. The medical school did seem a little sub-standard, though, I will admit. Kevin Bacon is great in Flatliners, as is one of my favorite sarcastic actors, Oliver Platt. William Baldwin's also a cutie and did okay, and though I'm not a Julia Roberts fan, so did she. The plot will draw you in and keep you on the edge of your seat, and there's an interesting dark atmosphere pervaded by a lot of red and blue for emotional impact. A good movie.. I'd give it at least an 8 out of 10


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