The original 1990 film was directed by Joel Schumacher and starred Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and William Baldwin, proving moderately successful at the box office and garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Editing. The reboot, which stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemens and original Flatliners veteran Sutherland, will tell a similar story about five medical students carrying out an experiment in which they die and somehow manage to live to tell about it:
Nelson Wright (Kiefer Sutherland), the manipulative, fame-seeking initiator of the project, has recruited Rachel Mannus (Julia Roberts), a self-made expert in the field of death; David Labraccio (Kevin Bacon), an idealistic yet pragmatic student suspended from med school; ladies’ man Joe Hurley (William Baldwin); and the brilliant yet self-absorbed Randy Steckle (Oliver Platt) to venture into a frontier that until now had been the exclusive province of religion and philosophy.
Their chilling, secret experiment to see what lies beyond life involves taking turns stopping their hearts until the monitors reading their vital signs indicate nothing but flat lines. Moments later, the other team members, armed with an array of medical equipment, step in to revive them. In their search for knowledge, however, the five discover the profound consequences of daring to tamper with immortality. Returning from their peek at the afterlife, the students bring back manifestations of their past sins, something they had not bargained for. Forced to deal with their previous transgressions here in the present, the participants learn about life as well as death.
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