All in all, the new Flatliners had better style than the original but substance wise, the original was still better overall because of the depth of the characters. Even though the characters of the original were flawed, audiences root for them. The original Flatliners had an all star cast but did not have any problems with giving the lead characters more emphasis. The new Flatliners’ characters seemed too detached and the team behind the movie seemed too timid to give the floor to any particular character. Its lack of conviction resulted in the lukewarm execution that made the movie plain and simple — ordinary.
All in all, I think that the original Flatliners was a pretty solid movie but it was limited by the standards of the 90s in terms of storytelling. And because of this, there wasn’t a really great sense of consequence for attempting to toy with life. I think the reboot has a great premise to navigate as audiences are now more open to accepting bolder twists and consequences. It also has the platform to take the original concept to terrors that the original dared not explore. I have great expectations.
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