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The Lazarus Effect (2015)

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

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David Gelb
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Complete credited cast:
Mark Duplass ... Frank
Olivia Wilde ... Zoe
Sarah Bolger ... Eva
Evan Peters ... Clay
Donald Glover ... Niko
Ray Wise ... Mr. Wallace
Scott Sheldon ... Security Guard
Emily Kelavos Emily Kelavos ... Little Girl
James Earl ... Security Guard Terrence
Amy Aquino ... President Dailey
Sean T. Krishnan ... Lawyer
Ator Tamras ... Burned Figure
Cato Cato ... Rocky the Dog
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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 Relativity

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Evil will rise


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reawakening See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,203,437, 1 March 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,799,043, 7 June 2015
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Niko and Zoe are eating sushi. Director David Gelb's previous feature was the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011). See more »

Goofs

When calling out the current being applied to each subject, Zoe uses kilovolts (kV). During the attempt on the second dog, Zoe calls out "11 kilowatts" instead. See more »

Quotes

Zoe: I went somewhere.
Frank: That was a dream!
Zoe: No, it was hell!
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References Cujo (1983) See more »

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Traditional (arr. J. Sprangers)
Performed by The Swing Orchestra
Courtesy of Countdown Media
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The Lazarus Effect
15 March 2015 | by abouhelier-rSee all my 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.


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