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The Lazarus Project (2008)

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A former criminal is drawn into a criminal endeavor and subsequently finds himself living an inexplicable new life working at a psychiatric facility.

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(as John Patrick Glenn)

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(screenplay) (as John Patrick Glenn), (story)
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Katie Garvey (as Brooklyn Proulx)
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Father Ezra
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Avery
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Julie Ingram
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William Reeds
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Robbie
Ross McMillan ...
Dr. James
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Caleb
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Orderly
John Callander ...
The Lineman
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Ricky Garvey
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Phelps
Peter Jordan ...
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A harrowing and frightening thriller about a man who has everything he's ever loved stripped away from him; and to earn his life and family back, he must face obstacles of mystical origins, endure countless tests of his faith, struggle with his own sanity, and explore the depth and the power of his soul..

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Cheating death is only the beginning. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence, disturbing images and thematic material | See all certifications »

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24 October 2008 (Taiwan)  »

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The Heaven Project  »

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$9,750,000 (estimated)
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Paul Walker was the first choice for the lead role in the film. See more »

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When Ben Garvey is going out of the car, awaiting the tour from the priest, you see his shirt and jacket is soaking wet. In the next scene it is dry. See more »

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Katie Garvey: Daddy, what's the greatest thing you ever saw?
Ben Garvey: Greatest thing you ever saw. Umm. One time when I was a little boy, I was playing with my slingshot and I saw this Jaybird. I don't know why but I shot him.
Katie Garvey: You killed a birdie?
Ben Garvey: I didn't mean to. I don't even know why I shot at him, but I felt so bad, I started praying to God that he would come back. And all of a sudden the Jaybird woke up. He just flew away.
Katie Garvey: God saved him?
Ben Garvey: Yeah, I think so.
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Derivative but highly watchable psycho-drama
24 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After facing lethal injection for a multiple murder that he happened to be the only survivor of, our hero awakens to find that he is the grounds keeper at a mental hospital for priests deep in the forests of Oregon. He faces the normal confusion that would be expected by such a turn of events but actually starts to get used to this second chance at life even though he has been told by a visionary figure that he can not ever return to his old life with his wife and child. Things really start getting weird after that.

While the film is sharply derivative of many other better films ranging from "The Shining" to "Jacob's Ladder" it gets by and remains entertaining because it is the type of film that hits it's modest targets squarely on. The pacing is not exactly brisk so if you require your movies to keep you awake and alert then this might not be the DVD rental for you but this psychological drama is definitely worth a rental especially if you like this type of stuff


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