The story is surprisingly unfocused and plunges into quasi-thriller territory that relies on a series of hard-to-swallow contrivances.
It’s unlikely that watching this film will become the next great holiday tradition.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-11-17
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Comic Book Violence)
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Billy Crudup, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Joe Morton
Succeeds in assembling the title team and getting the internal dynamic right but fails in crafting a memorable or imposing villain.
Despite an interesting premise, it fails to deliver much beyond a gradual descent into disinterest and watch-checking.
Although sporadically amusing, it feels like a 20-minute short that was expanded to feature length to its considerable detriment.
Rewards lazy, inattentive viewing...another example of why chilling, thoughtful horror is an endangered species.
The adventure/survival aspectsare presented with workmanlike efficiency but the secondary story elements are at times cringe-worthy.
A mediocre remake of a mediocre original – not exactly must-see cinema. "Flatliners" is dead on arrival.
Disappointingly shallow and superficial, recreating events from an earlier era as the Hollywood of today would like them to be remembered.