The Lazarus Effect (2015)

Directed by David Gelb.  Written by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater.  Starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Ray Wise.

Plot: a group of medical students discover a way to bring the dead back to life and of course, it all goes horribly wrong.


It starts off all wrong for me and ends the same way.  In the very beginning, this group, led by Frank (Duplass) and his fiancee, Zoe (Wilde) use this Lazarus drug to revive a dead dog.  However, just like in Pet Sematary, the dog comes back wrong.  Then, and this isn’t giving anything away if you’ve seen a trailer, Zoe dies and they try the experiment on her.  Do we think that goes any better?  Of course it doesn’t.  Why would it?

The movie is filled with amoral characters that say things like, “This is crossing a line.  This is a human being.”  Because we all know that testing animals is alright.  They’re all very conflicted in their beliefs.  Especially Zoe.  So, it was hard to like anyone continually because even if you liked part of them, another part would crop up that you hated.  However, if that’s what the director intended, then the actors did a marvelous job.

There was a horrible motive, a complete lack of rules, no Freddy Claws and a shitty, shitty ending.  And they do bad things to a pig and a dog.  And they don’t even care.  Neither of us recommend.

My score: 21.  DJ’s score: 31.

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