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TitleFlatliners (1990)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityGeneral Near death experience
CountryUSA
Length111
GenreHorror
Rating3
DirectorJoel Schumacher
CastKiefer Sutherland Julia Roberts William Baldwin Kevin Bacon Nicole Niblack Cynthia Bassham
NotesThis should be an interesting film but it doesn't really take off. Medical students looking for new thrills and with a touch of curiosity take turns at having their hearts stopped to the point of near death. Then they are revived. While they have been intrigued by the stories related by patients who have shaken hands with Cerebrus and returned they want it first-hand. The consequence for them is more than expected and the experience brings up demons from their past. To fight these they are forced to go deeper and deeper into the sleep of death. Near death experience is one of a long list of things I don't believe in. If you've been under different levels of anaesthesia you'll know that from some you have memories and others are a total blank. But the memories are very strong. I can still remember being under gas at the dentist's and 'dreaming' about my junior school teacher who I hated (and was afraid of). Once falling from a great height I was knocked unconscious. When I came to I didn't realise I'd been unconscious and believed all thoughts that had run through my mind had been during the fall. Also I'm not keen on Julia Roberts. Yes, she's beautiful but I hate that film "Pretty Woman". In some ways this film is as implausible, and being medical students you'd think they'd know a bit more about medicine. But this is a horror film, very stylish, and ultimately unengaging. On Usenet there's a conference for those who want to discuss near death experience (and don't take any notice of my rantings). Alt.conciousness.near-death-exp

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