D: Niels Arden Oplev
Sony/Columbia/Cross Creek/Further (Laurence Mark, Michael Douglas & Peter Safran)
USA 🇺🇸 2017
W: Ben Ripley [based on the screenplay by Peter Filardi]
DP: Eric Kress
Ed: Tom Elkins
Mus: Nathan Barr
Ellen Page (Dr. Courtney Holmes), Diego Luna (Ray), Nina Dobrev (Marlo), James Norton (Jamie), Kiersey Clemons (Dr. Sophia Manning), Kiefer Sutherland (Dr. Barry Wolfson)
A remake of the 1990 film which nobody was clamouring for, but the film executives at Sony don't give a fuck about that so long as they can make a buck or two back from a minimum outlay.
The plot is much the same, a group of medical students experiment with near death experiences and bring demons back from the other side with them, although, following the experiments in this film, they mostly act like young students without a care in the world, because this remake is for the YOLO generation. This is the film's biggest flaw. The characters don't act like medical professionals, they just act like spoilt teenagers who can do whatever the fuck they want without consequence.
The 1990 movie wasn't without its flaws, but it was atmospherically effective and built the tension incredibly well. This remake lacks both, and for the most part, it's mind-numbingly boring. Watch the original instead, do not resuscitate this one.