Flatliners (1990) - dir. Joel Schumacher

Anna, a woman born the same week as my mother, recommended this film to me at work. She said, “Hey, you know who you look like? Kiefer Sutherland.” I’ve gotten that before, multiple times, in fact. She loves this film, but also has an extensive background in the church and little experience with film. The next paragraph is directly from the back cover:

Are you afraid to die? Kiefer Sutherland isn’t. He’s an ambitions, charismatic medical student who persuades students Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon to take part in a reckless experiment. To see if there is life after death, they will kill themselves: temporarily shut down (“flatline”) their hear and brain functions to briefly experience clinical death.

Apparently the three actors were playing themselves, which makes the whole film funnier. There’s not a lot of character development, nor is there much of a deeper meaning, we get the point right away. You must repent for your sins before departing from this world, or else you will be forced to live with them for eternity. It’s a great concept for a film, with some sloppy camerawork and editing that somehow makes it work.

6.0