Flatliners Movie Remake
I recently found out about a Flatliners movie remake in the works, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. In general I'm not a big fan of remakes. I mean it's easy to say movies should not be re-made at all, simply because there are a lot of remakes that have failed both critically and commercially. Some examples include: Total Recall, Psycho, Ben-Hur, Footloose; the list goes on and on. However, if we didn't have remakes, we would not have movies like Oceans Eleven, The Departed, The Ring, 3:10 to Yuma, and True Grit. So I guess we have to take the good with the bad.
Since I'm now in my 30's I'm getting to see a lot of remakes of movies I grew up with, so I have an emotional investment with some of these films; some more so than others. Flatliners happens to be one of my favorite science fiction horror movies. It was my introduction into a genre that slowly grew to be a favorite of mine. I say slowly because it was hard to find a movie to follow up Flatliners. In case you have not seen it, the film is about a group of cocky young med-school friends who want to know what happens after you die. So they agree to "kill" themselves, flat-line, and then bring themselves back. You know, for science. Sounds crazy, but you have people out here in the real world doing auto-erotic asphyxiation, so is it really that far fetched? Any-who, they flat-line, and bring back unresolved memories from their past. These memories then begin to literally haunt them. Ok, so maybe it was not an award winning screenplay, but the talentful cast and crew helped make a great sci-fi horror flick.
The cast included a bevy of young actors who were all at the top of their game, some of whom still are. The film starred Mr. 24, Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland; Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts; Footloose dance king, Kevin Bacon; The talented journeyman, Oliver Platt; and, it even included a Baldwin Brother! Whichever Baldwin was relevant at the time. It seems like every Baldwin brother has had their years of peak relevancy. So, you get this young talented squad of thespians on the rise, add director Joel Shumacher to the mix and it was just destined to be a good movie. Yes, I'm completely ignoring Shumacher's Batman movies (Batman Forever and Batman & Robin); in my mind those never happened. Instead, I'm focusing on his other directorial gems, A Time to Kill, The Client, Falling Down, and the Netflix series House of Cards.
So what about a remake? Is it necessary? No. Could it be a good movie? Well, that's where I'm undecided. Here is what we know so far. The movie includes a talented cast. Among them is Rogue: One hero Casspian Andor, Diego Luna. That's a strong start. I'm a big fan of Diego, since back in his early telenovela years in Mexico City. Next in the new cast we have Juno's Ellen Page. Solid choice since she's been great in everything ranging from blockbuster movies to smaller indie projects. Also cast is the beautiful Nina Dobrev, who's been in movies such as The Perks of Being a Wildflower, Let's be Cops, and XXX: Return of Zander Cage. She was probably the best part of the XXX sequel, with only a minor supporting role. IMDB also shows Kiefer Sutherland returning as the Nelson character from the original. It will be interesting to see how he's tied into the plot. As for a director, Denmark's Niels Arden Oplev was chosen to lead the remake. One of his top credits is the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I'll be honest I liked the original so much I didn't bother to see the more recent David Fischer remake which was made in 2011. I was not ready for a remake, especially considering how much I enjoyed the original. Ironically, now Oplev finds himself on the opposite end having to direct a remake. So we have a positive start to the project, and I really hope they make a good film. It's never a good time at the movies when you go see a remake that doesn't live up to the original.