Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 15
  • Horror, Sci-Fi
  • 1990
  • 111 mins

Flatliners

Flatliners

Synopsis

A high profile cast (this film is one of the essential steps to Kevin Bacon) and slick effects battle with a silly script. They just about come out winners

About

Released shortly after the huge commercial success that was Ghost, this is a little like an overlong episode of the The Twilight Zone.

It has Sutherland as Nelson Wright, a medical student obsessed with the near-death experiments that he and his buddies have become involved with. As they take their fascination with the after-life to the max, things become more and more dangerous.

Funnily enough, this is one of Roberts's better early performances, coming before she got all carried away with nonsense like Dying Young and Sleeping With The Enemy or her Erin Brokovich renaissance. Despite the high-profile cast, the lazy script means that Schumacher has to rely far too much on the slick visuals to kickstart the hearts of his audience.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Kimberly Scott, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, William Baldwin, Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts
  • Director: Joel Schumacher
  • Writer: Peter Filardi
  • Producer: Michael Douglas, Rick Bieber
  • Photographer: Jan De Bont
  • Composer: James Newton Howard

In a nutshell

Still, the on-off romantic entanglement of the two leads was enough to ensure that the film didn't die a real death at the box office.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    We Bought a Zoo

    A widowed father played by Matt Damon moves to the South Californian country and purchases a zoo with his family

    On Film4: 6 Sep 6:25PM

  • Film4

    The Nebraskan

    Philip Carey stars as a calvary scout who attempts to make peace with the Sioux Indians

    On Film4: 8 Sep 11:00AM

  • Film4

    What Richard Did on Film4

    Jack Reynor is Richard, a star athlete who has just left secondary school when a drunken encounter threatens to ruin his future. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, What Richard Did marks Reynor as an extraordinary new talent as a young man who quickly becomes

  • Film4

    FrightFest 2015 on Film4

    A season of horror films to celebrate Film4's FrightFest

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share