While the footage lacks the visual flair of the Joel Schumacher original, more closely resembling, say, Final Destination, the premise appears to remain the same: Five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond this world, participate in a series of dangerous experiments, stopping their hearts from increasing lengths of time to trigger near-death experiences and giving each of them a firsthand account of the afterlife. As in the first Flatliners, the students soon learn this knowledge comes with a cost, as they’re haunted by the sins of their pasts.
Although this Flatliners was initially assumed to be a remake, original star Kiefer Sutherland clarified last year that he’s actually reprising his role as Nelson Wright in this version, meaning that it’s a sequel.“I play a professor at the medical university,” he said. “It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original Flatliners but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film.”
We’ll have to see whether that actually plays out on screen when the new Flatliners arrives in theaters Sept. 29.
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) from a script by Ben Ripley (Source Code), Flatliners also stars Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons.