The Lazarus Effect (2015)

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The Lazarus Effect (2015)
  • Time: 83 min
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Director: David Gelb
  • Cast: Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass

Storyline:

The Lazarus Effect follows a group of researchers led by Frank and his fiancé Zoe who’ve achieved the unimaginable – bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated. Frank, Zoe and their team take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject. Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life- but rather, the wrath of her return.

2 reviews

  • A group of medical students discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.

    The Lazarus Effect stars Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, Sarah Polger and is directed by David Gelb. This is another horror movie and we’ve seen those couple of jump scares before; but it does have some very creepy imagery and when this start happening it’s not that bad. The film deals with a theory debating whether when you die some chemical elements in your brain make you see the white light at the end of the tunnel or you actually go to heaven and this stage is just some kind of process to enter it. In fact, it has you wondering is she possessed or is she just unlocking her brain and that’s what triggers this weird version of herself? However, it’s not giving you enough information to let you decide what’s actually going on. Ultimately The Lazarus Effect feels like a horror version of Lucy but messier this time with some horror things happening in order to to keep the audience entertained for what it is. Sometimes it tries to be smart but gives you conflicting information and then you’re lost, it doesn’t quiet know where to go. Finally, actors are functional, especially Evan Peters who has some pretty good lines and clearly is the comic relief in the movie.

    Overall The Lazarus Effect is more or less what you expect it to be, an horror movie with some jump scares as usual but with some pretty cool and relevant imagery. It’s an effective but very messy movie.

  • “There’s something seriously wrong with that animal. It’s like it was possessed or something.”

    Once again a movie about the fact that playing for God could cause some life-threatening situations. Do you remember the film “Pet Sematary”? And also “The other side of the door” showed that it’s not a good idea to resurrect a deceased person in a non-everyday way. The same happens to Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoë (Olivia Wilde) in this inferior Scifi / Horror. Zoë has developed a serum called “The Lazarus serum”, to give health care professionals more time to do their work. By means of this serum, it should be possible to bring deceased patients back to life. During an experiment on a dead dog it turns out that not only the animal is walking around and wagging his tail again, but also the cataract he had is cured. They realize that they have manufactured something revolutionary.

    Of course, you can predict what’s going to happen. They’ll be using the serum to bring someone back to life. In this case it’ll be Zoë, who’s being electrocuted by an unfortunate incident. But don’t be sad. Frank doesn’t hesitate to inject this revolutionary stuff into Zoë’s brain. And before they know it, they end up with a non-human female person, whose brain is developing at a fast pace, giving her all kind of demonic and non-human powers. In addition, a youth trauma plays a prominent role as well. And so Zoë starts to develop this irresistible urge to send everyone to the place where she just came from. The afterlife.

    I have no problem with rehashed concepts. If only the package feels original and new ideas are introduced. And if that’s not the case, at least I expect it to be a bit of a scary and terrifying horror. Unfortunately, it fails on all levels. It certainly isn’t original and there are no new ideas introduced. And you can’t say this movie is horrifying. Not even close. Even Zoë’s carbon black eyes won’t help. I have to admit that the used neurosurgery language was credible. To be honest this was the only complicated part in this fairly trivial story.

    So despite the scientific drivel and even the attempt to give it a religious touch, this film is just a watered down version of other movies about someone being raised from the dead. The only thing I was very excited about was the way in which Clay (Evan Peeters) and Niko (Donald Glover) were send to the eternal hunting grounds. But that’s not enough to make it a fascinating film. Clay had better read “Pet Semetary” instead of “Cujo”. He certainly would have protested against Zoe’s resurrection. Or at least get the hell out of there. But on the other hand this movie wouldn’t be the same anymore. Yet one positive feature. The film only takes 90 minutes.

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