Release year: 2017
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Screenwriter: Peter Filardi (based on a story by), Ben Ripley
Starring: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, Kiefer Sutherland, Madison Brydges, Anna Arden
Five medical students embarks on a daring experiment to prove whether or not there is life after death by stopping their hearts for a few minutes. The experiments turns out to have intellectual benefits and one by one they flatline, until their short deaths comes back to haunt them.
A remake of the popular 1990 sci-fi horror, this 2017 version follows basically the same story line but still manage to feel fresh. The cast is good led by Page (Juno, 2007) and Luna (Elysium, 2013) with Dobrev (Final Girls, 2015), Norton (Bonobo, 2014) and Clemons (Bad Neighbors 2, 2016) following closely. They all deliver great performances and benefit from characters who are full-embodied and develop throughout the movie. It means the movie is more of the psychological horror genre than the jump-and-scare kind, something enhanced by the medical experimental approach to the story. Once the haunting/hallucination sets in, the medical aspect is pushed in the background, which is a real shame, as it was an interesting approach. But the jump scares a scarce and thankfully not overdone and the story is engaging and thrilling, with especially Luna capturing you with his voice-of-reason Ray, leaving you wanting to see him in more movies. Forget the original and see this with fresh eyes and you will find a decent horror dramas with a great cast.
Kiefer Sutherland, who plays Dr. Barry Wolfson, played one the main characters in the 1990 movie.
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