Prior to seeing the reboot, I figured I should probably have watched the original first. I more-or-less liked the director, and it had a cast with may actors whom I liked.
The story of the film definitely had potential. There is a lot of social commentary to be had and a lot of potential for some very creepy situations. Instead, it turns out being rather melodramatic and cheesy. A lot of the film is told through one extreme or the other: exposition or random montages of imagery, and I did not appreciate that. The result is quite slow and I kept almost drifting off (to sleep) throughout the course of the film. I think the most interesting scenes in the film were when they were "bidding" on who would go next. They provided the most interesting commentary and was the most enjoyable. The film doesn't have enough scares or eeriness to be a good horror film, in my opinion, but the character development is too weak for it to be effective as a drama, so it is stuck in some sort of genre purgatory.
The filmmaking elements of the film are definitely representative of those that would come to be associated with the 90's. The cinematography is pretty, but grainy because of the still limited technology, and the production design is a little minimalistic. The acting is bit over-the-top, even Kevin Bacon, who is usually an underactor.
Overall, I found myself bored and underwhelmed by "Flatliners". It was not an enjoyable viewing experience, and because I have consistently heard the reboot is worse, I may not even give that one a watch in theaters.
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: Shudder.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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