“Five medical students, hoping to gain insight into 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. As the investigation becomes more and more perilous, they are forced to confront the sins of their pasts, as well as contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.”
Now I’m going to hold my hands up right away and admit I haven’t seen the original 1990 ‘Flatliners’, which starred Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and William Baldwin, so I watched this trailer without being able to compare against it. Having confessed on Twitter to this, the numerous replies I had telling me to watch it has swayed me to give it a shot.
The trailer gives us a good idea of who we’ll be spending most of our time with in the film, and towards the end of the trailer we get a real feel for what kind of tone to expect for the film as the repercussions of the gangs experiments start to to come to light.
This remake sports a strong cast, featuring the likes of Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiefer Sutherland is even listed to make an appearance!
‘Flatliners’ hits UK cinemas 29th September!
Just over a month ago now, on January 21, a large and international march led by and attended by so many amazing women inspired me in many ways. Women, and supporters of women’s rights, came out in droves to support many different things, but one universal message was clear – that women’s rights need to be respected and upheld, and that women’s voices need to be heard. And since movies are always at the back of my mind, I hoped this woman-positive energy would somehow transfer to the screen. Then I remembered ‘Ocean’s Eight’, and the distant talk of ‘The Expendabelles’. And now there’s plans for a ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ remake, with Rebel Wilson. It’s tough to be supportive of female-led movies, when they are just retreads of popular movies that originally starred men.
I discovered some deeply disturbing news yesterday – another great film is set for an unnecessary remake. This time, it’s the turn of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento’, the intelligent and mysterious indie-thriller from 2000. As I tried to organise my thoughts on this – beyond typing the words “NOOOO”, “Why, Hollywood, why?” and excessive use of the shocked face emoji – I pulled together a few reasons why such a remake is a terrible idea.
For one, ‘Memento’ is already a bloody fantastic film. The tale of a man suffering from crippling short-term memory loss, who utilises an unusual method to help him remember key details that will eventually lead him to his wife’s murderer, is a beautifully original and perfectly executed idea from Christopher Nolan. It is a film which warrants re-watches aplenty but certainly does not warrant a remake. The original cast is headed up by the incomparable Guy Pearce, with support from the inimitable Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano, the latter of which is in a league of his own in this film. I find it so hard to imagine anyone else playing these characters, that I feel a little sorry for the actors cast to fill the originals’ boots.
Writer and director, Christopher Nolan, is currently one of the most popular visionary filmmakers of our time. Not only is this the man who gave life to a gritty, modern Dark Knight trilogy, but his last five films feature on the all-time box office records. Someone this popular is bound to inspire viewers to look at his back catalogue, meaning ‘Memento’ is still being discovered. Ergo, remake not needed – let the world find the original.
15 years is not nearly long enough for a film still achieving ‘classic’ status to be remade. The fact that Christopher Nolan isn’t involved only adds to the ammunition against Memento ‘take two’. My head says I should reserve judgement and give it a chance, but my heart says hell no! Who ever heard of a good remake anyway?
Written by Sasha Hornby