Where the Flatliners remake was shot in Toronto
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Where the Flatliners remake was shot in Toronto

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.

Inessential remake, here! We’ve got your fresh inessential remake here! Yeah, from Total Recall to Carrie to Robocop, we’ve hosted our share of remakes that weren’t so much terrible as utterly pointless and already largely forgotten. It’s hard to argue the original Flatliners, directed by director/Batman-killer Joel Schumacher, was enough of a cultural landmark to warrant another iteration in the first place but Hollywood did give it a try.

Flatliners also hearkens back to the 1990s in that it’s rare to see a movie that is so obviously set in Toronto that refuses to admit it’s taking place in Toronto. Apparently it’s some random, American city that just happens to look a lot like Toronto. These kinds of movies still get made.

Its funny too because the movie isn’t exactly shy about showing the skyline…

…there are several lovely shots, and they all somehow manage to frame out the CN Tower.

The main setting is a university and, lordy, they musta shot at half the buildings U of T has got. Not since PCU or maybe Urban Legend have we seen such love for the St. George Campus.

Here we have University College for example…

…but as these handsome exterior…

…and interior shots show, the bulk of the action for this group of hot young med students…

…was shot at the Donnelly Centre…

…on College Street.

You’re not imagining it; even original cast member Kiefer Sutherland made time, probably during a lunch break on Designated Survivor.

This distinctive pod is next door, at the Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building.

Here’s a funny magic trick out on College Street. Behold, the wonders of the universe, wherein a streetcar…

…becomes a bus in between shots. Film historians call this illusion “The Bombardier.” *rim shot*

This aerial shot takes us from above Hart House…

…down into the quad.

Still in the same vicinity, here we are…

…at the oft-photographed Knox College.

And this is Knox’s library.

When Ellen Page has a bite, it’s across campus…

…at Victoria University’s Burwash Hall.

Her domicile, however…

…is in the Flatiron Building (where she presumably runs into Kristin Kreuk’s Beauty and the Beast character on the way to the laundry room).

We spend a fair amount of time there…

…and she and her pals even have a big (obviously fake) snowball fight outside…

…and they chill on this bench, which doesn’t seem to actually exist.

Even though they have a Firkin right downstairs…

…the characters like to hang out at this pub…

…which is rather obviously the Irish Embassy.

We confess we’re not entirely sure where this house is…

…though you can definitely make out it’s #164 on some street or other.

But, apologies, you want more U of T! OK, but that’s it for the St. George campus.

However, this swimming pool is at the new Pan Am Centre, out in Scarborough.

And this handsome lobby…

…is on the other side of the GTA. It’s the Instructional Centre at the Erindale campus.

Back in town, here’s a nice li’l motorcycle ride…

…on the Gardiner expressway.

And, what with all their near death experiences, our characters have visions of the future or the afterlife or whatever. Here Ellen Page sees the Humber Bay Arch Bridge

…and we visit it again…

…in real life later.

This classroom is also a flashbacky, visiony thing.

It was filmed at Monarch Park Collegiate.

Here, Page’s character goes to a party at the Docks…

…complete with yet another CN-less skyline view…

…and it too dissolves into a visiony thing…

…though not before you spot a vehicle with Ontario plates.

This dude hangs out a lot at his boat…

…docked at this marina

…right below Coronation Park.

Here he is again, lookin’ all cool…

…at the corner of Jones and Gerrard.

We go into this apartment across the street…

…and it’s not as weird as the streetcar-bus transformation but this not-quite TTC bus-and-pole combo is weird anyway.

A few things were shot out of town. Like this flashback car crash…

…at the Blackbridge Road bridge, in Cambridge.

And the interior hospital scenes were filmed at the old Oakville Hospital, in, well, Oakville.

This chase, in a Green P parking lot…

…reveals itself to be this location, near Yonge and St. Clair.

Here local gal Nina Dobrev is driving down Toronto Street

…crashing…

…into a fake patio cafe.

Look, we’re not going to tell you Flatliners is a bad movie. And we’ll even agree if you both think it’s unfair to rank art or aggregate critic scores into some sort of simplistic formula. It doesn’t change the fact Flatliners only got good reviews from 5% of critics – that’s right five per cent – making it one of the least-good movies we’ve profiled here. Not even bad enough to pull down some Razzie nominations. Just….nothing.

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