Genre Guesstimation – Flatliners (2017)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Patty of and we will be reviewing our favorite Medical Dramas.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Patty!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Medical Dramas…..

“It’s a great day to die! ” – Jamie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of medical students try to tap in to the power of their minds by becoming brain dead and then being revived by their colleagues.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I’ve warned about for years and avoided up until now.

This is truly a terrible re-imagining of the film with same title from nearly 30 years ago that was filled with Brat Packers.

Kiefer Sutherland appears in both films, but in this one, he has on a strange wig that makes him look more like Doc Brown than Jack Bauer.

This movie tries too hard to utilize modern technologies in order to make things feel more intelligent and cerebral, but in the end, it feels more like a cheap and flimsy horror thriller than anything else.

They attempt to tell this kind of story from a very existential perspective, but they fail to make it interesting to watch at all.

The plot moves along too slowly and there are far too many boring lulls along that journey.

This is quite a shame especially given the fact that the cast is quite good, especially Diego Luna and Ellen Page, but even they cannot help make this story more gripping to view.

Bottom Line – Terrible re-imagining of the film from nearly 30 years ago starring so many of the brat pack. The film tries to utilize advances in science over that time to make something a bit more cerebral, yet in the end it comes across as a cheap horror thriller. The film tries too hard to look at things from a very existential perspective, but it comes across as being too boring and moves far too slowly despite a stellar cast led by Luna and Page.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The character Jamie says ‘today is a good day to die’. In the original, Kevin Bacon says ‘hokahay’ which is a Native American word which means today is a good day to die. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. Tries to reimagine the original film using modern technologies, but ends up coming across as a complete mess instead.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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