While it was first aired back in 1990, Flatliners has become something of a classic with an all star cast which includes Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and William Baldwin. This is an intriguing look into the world of medicine with a group of medical students playing games with life and death!
Using an array of drugs to stop their hearts and their brains for a short period – commonly known as flatlining – they venture into a world of terror, joy and intrigue all appearing in a number of alarming episodes. While they think their dreams are over when they are awoken from their slumber, this is where the real fun begins. Chased by demons of years gone by, haunted by things they have done in their lives, each and every one of the medical students come face to face with their own nightmare . Eager to push the boundaries yet further and further, they attempt to “flatline” for longer and longer with shocking consequences.
While the storyline itself is edge of the seat stuff, it is the acting by the array of stars detailed above which really takes this film to a different level. Suspense, fear, joy and excitement, this movie has it all. Quite where they get the ideas for such films remains to be seen but a seemingly unbelievable storyline suddenly becomes believable!
It is difficult to pick out the main players in the film but Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts are cast in the lead roles, although they are more than ably supported by the remainder of the cast. For those who have not seen Flatliners, you really do not know what you have been missing for all of these years, and for those who have seen it before, well, you have the chance to watch it all over again!