The Lazarus Effect (2015)
Medical researcher Frank, his fiancee Zoe and their team have achieved the impossible: they have found a way to revive the dead. After a successful, but unsanctioned, experiment on a lifeless animal, they are ready to make their work public. However, when their dean learns what they've done, he shuts them down. Zoe is killed during an attempt to recreate the experiment, leading Frank to test the process on her. Zoe is revived -- but something evil is within her.
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A Disappointing Continuation
A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."
Excellent and certainly provocative... If nothing else, the film is a real conversation starter.
This film tries to be a cross between Pet Sematary and Flatliners; the premise is the same for both, basically: someone dies, is brought back from the dead, and is either haunted by their own evil demons or becomes an evil demon. Period. The difference is that those films had interesting characters with actual storylines and reasons for their demons, inside and out, while this film just wants to get to the evil demon part as quickly as possible and presumes that nobody will really care why there is an evil demon anyway. So, while The Lazarus Effect is a watchable time-waster, it's also just not very engaging.
"There's something seriously wrong with that animal. It's like it was possessed or something."Once again a movie about the fact that playing for God could cause some life-threatening situations. Do you remember the film "Pet Sematary"? And also "The other side of the door" showed that it's not a good idea to resurrect a deceased person in a non-everyday way. The same happens to Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoë (Olivia Wilde) in this inferior Scifi / Horror. Zoë has developed a serum called "The Lazarus serum", to give health care professionals more time to do their work. By means of this serum, it should be possible to bring deceased patients back to life. During an experiment on a dead dog it turns out that not only the animal is walking around and wagging his tail again, but also the cataract he had is cured. They realize that they have manufactured something revolutionary.Of course, you can predict what's going to happen. They'll be using the serum to bring someone back to life. In this case it'll be Zoë, who's being electrocuted by an unfortunate incident. But don't be sad. Frank doesn't hesitate to inject this revolutionary stuff into Zoë's brain. And before they know it, they end up with a non-human female person, whose brain is developing at a fast pace, giving her all kind of demonic and non-human powers. In addition, a youth trauma plays a prominent role as well. And so Zoë starts to develop this irresistible urge to send everyone to the place where she just came from. The afterlife.I have no problem with rehashed concepts. If only the package feels original and new ideas are introduced. And if that's not the case, at least I expect it to be a bit of a scary and terrifying horror. Unfortunately, it fails on all levels. It certainly isn't original and there are no new ideas introduced. And you can't say this movie is horrifying. Not even close. Even Zoë's carbon black eyes won't help. I have to admit that the used neurosurgery language was credible. To be honest this was the only complicated part in this fairly trivial story.So despite the scientific drivel and even the attempt to give it a religious touch, this film is just a watered down version of other movies about someone being raised from the dead. The only thing I was very excited about was the way in which Clay (Evan Peeters) and Niko (Donald Glover) were send to the eternal hunting grounds. But that's not enough to make it a fascinating film. Clay had better read "Pet Semetary" instead of "Cujo". He certainly would have protested against Zoe's resurrection. Or at least get the hell out of there. But on the other hand this movie wouldn't be the same anymore. Yet one positive feature. The film only takes 90 minutes.More reviews here : http://bit.ly/2qtGQoc
Firstly, what is the purpose of the dog character(other than a proof of success of the experiment)? You have the Lazarus dog not eating, breaking out of cage, more interestingly and more eerily, standing beside Zoe(Olivia Wilde) while she's sleeping--which is quite a strange image,I think I can see the dog's penis when it's standing on her bed. I guess all of these are to set the mysterious mood.(Did I just answered my own question?) But the later half of the movie the dog doesn't do much except being disappeared by Lazarus Zoe.I'm still not sure it is a sci-fi or a supernatural movie. I feel it's like from fictional scientists' point of view to look at supernatural phenomena...if what I say makes any sense.I think essentially this is a love story. Because Zoe loves Frank, so she keeps waiting for the wedding, keeps wearing the engagement ring. That is what gets her electrocuted--she forgets to take off the ring when she connects the main switch. Because Frank loves her so he has to bring her back. Then because Frank can't stomach the new Zoe so he decides to kill her.(but fails and gets himself killed by her) Why do I have the feeling that Zoe loves Frank much more than Frank loves her? I suppose that's the reason Zoe brings Frank back at the end, because she still loves him. P.S. I like this Zoe character a lot; Evan Peters' performance is great; Sarah Bolger is gorgeous.
I honestly didn't know what to think going in, considering the amount of bad reviews this film received back when it came out. Well...at least the actors seem to be trying to save this movie from absolute failure. I actually did enjoy the performances, and the characters (except for Zoe) are actually believable. My only problem is that everyone was either bland (The Mains) Annoying (Eva) or just completely unlikable (Clay and Niko) The Story is not amazing by any standard of the word, and while the premise is....interesting, it doesn't do anything to hook you in, and the actual way it's executed is rather lazy. Once the characters return to the lab, everything just...kind of happens. Suddenly the EMBODIMENT OF MARY SUE that is Zoe is evil and wants to kill everybody, and she does! Oh and there's a really stupid plot twist i'm not even going to mention because if i do you'll literally turn into a piece of toast and be eaten by the nearest person. My Recommendation is to watch if you're interested, but otherwise never even consider it.