Nina Dobrev. (Screengrab)
Nina Dobrev. (Screengrab)

What it's about:

Five medical students obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: By stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience, giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.

What the critics thought:

We live in an age of unnecessary remakes - but the new Flatliners movie, by Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, has the distinction of being perhaps the most unnecessary of them all. - Christian Holub, Entertainment Weekly

A fright-free fiasco. This update of a silly 1990 Julia Roberts thriller is even more witless and stupefyingly dull than the original. - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

For anyone who has seen the original Flatliners, there's no reason to see this remake because it hardly covers any new ground. Even if they're not familiar with the franchise, there's still no reason to seek this film out. - Yasmin Kleinbart, The Young Folks

A mediocre remake of a mediocre film... - David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

A fabulous idea for a movie, but unfortunately Flatliners represents the second failed attempt to do it justice. - Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

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