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 ...Written by
Sarah Bolger, Ray Wise, and Donald Glover all appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bolger and Wise appear in Agent Carter (2015) as Violet and Hugh Jones respectively while Glover appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Although they are not a part of the universe Evan Peters has appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) as Quicksilver in Fox's X-Men universe, which is a Marvel comics property. See more »
When the group is trying to resuscitate Zoe, you can see Olivia Wilde breathing. See more »
Zoe, it's Frank. You're probably really scared and confused. We're going to fix this. We can fix this together, okay, you and me.
It's too late for that.
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Any five to ten minute excerpt from this movie could easily lead a viewer to conclude that this is a well made horror or suspense thriller. The production values are high, the performances good, and so on.
The problem is that the parts of the film don't fit together. The sequence of action has the usual slow build and accelerating pace of any good thriller, but while the set-up is promising, and the events proceed logically enough as interesting and sympathetic characters are frightened, threatened or killed off, the reasons underlying the events remain obscure.
Hints and suggestive exposition are introduced, and then forgotten. There are explicit references to religious-themed horror fantasy, speculative science, and even a few elements of a possible conspiracy. An elaborate backstory is gradually revealed, and then abruptly dismissed. The conclusion doesn't really conclude anything: there's a decisive ending, but no resolution, no revelation, not even a clear idea of the probable consequences.
It's possible a re-edit could address these issues and make it a decent film. As it stands, though, it just doesn't work.
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