As in many similar films, such as Jacob's Ladder (1990), Soul Survivors (2001), and The Butterfly Effect (2004), events and people were thoroughly distorted and confused because the protagonist was at the point of death. Jeremy Newman (Stephen Rea) that it was July 29, 2002 (Simon thought it was the year 2000 - he was confused - he heard a doctor say hours! ) A major clue to everything that truly happened was the scene that played next under the credits - hospital staff failed to bring a patient back to life with a defibrillator after a car accident. A second major clue was provided by hospital orderly Travis (Stephen Graham): He thought he had lost two years of his life. In order to recover what you've lost, Simon, we need to find the two points in time and join them."There were lots of confused pathways that he explored as he darted back and forth as a time-traveler between the two years.
The tagline was misleading: The mind-warping film opened with a hospital patient Simon Cable (Ryan Phillippe) awakening in a hospital with little knowledge (amnesia perhaps? ) and that he had died for two minutes from cardiac arrest following the near-fatal accident -- but he had been revived ("You're as good as new"). He believed he was in a different time period and in the hospital following a different car accident. Jude's Hospital (in Maine) in the year 2000 as the victim of a similar accident, when his older brother Peter (Robert Sean Leonard) died. He was attempting to piece together the experiences of his recent past (he inaccurately thought it was a two year period between 20): The true revelations of what happened came when Simon - with blood literally on his hands - admitted his guilt: "I killed him." In a loathsome act of betrayal, Simon had kissed his brother Peter's fiancee Clair in the estate's sun-room.
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Larraz (cult queen Mary Woronov), who urged her to break up with him.
Two of the paramedics at the scene were Nurse Hathaway and Travis.
Although reluctant to accept his death ("It wasn't supposed to happen like this"), Simon ultimately accepted the reality of his expiration.
The over-used plot twist in this film was also seen in Carnival of Souls (1962), Siesta (1987), Jacob's Ladder (1990), A Pure Formality (1994), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Others (2001), Soul Survivors (2001), Stay (2005), and many other films.
The grim movie from the Flesh Eater punk rocker was about the LA drug scene, in which drug use (equated with undead zombies) robbed individuals of their identities and pulled them into the nightmarish world of the dead filled with ghoulish creatures.