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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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John Glenn (as John Patrick Glenn)

Writers:

John Glenn (screenplay) (as John Patrick Glenn), Evan Astrowsky (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walker ... Ben Garvey
Piper Perabo ... Lisa Garvey
Brooklynn Proulx ... Katie Garvey (as Brooklyn Proulx)
Bob Gunton ... Father Ezra
Lambert Wilson ... Avery
Linda Cardellini ... Julie Ingram
Tony Curran ... William Reeds
Malcolm Goodwin ... Robbie
Ross McMillan Ross McMillan ... Dr. James
Aaron Hughes ... Caleb
Sean Skene ... Orderly
John Callander John Callander ... The Lineman
Shawn Hatosy ... Ricky Garvey
Alex Sol ... Phelps
Peter Jordan Peter Jordan ... Male Tech
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Storyline

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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Some realities have no escape See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Heaven Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Brandon, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$9,750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Walker was the first choice for the lead role in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Ben finds his computer file, the image of the implant clearly says "Selegine Implant - MAO Inhibitor". This drug does exist but is spelt "Selegiline". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 bob_gilmore1See 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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