Length: 1 hr. 23 min
Medical researcher Frank (Mark Duplass), his fiancee Zoe (Olivia Wilde) 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.
Sadly, the Lazarus Effect does not do much to effect its audience.
It started out with a really great premise. The idea of being able to bring someone back after a long time without a heart beat or brain function would be wonderful. The characters talk a lot about brain function and being that I am extremely fascinated about neuroscience my hopes started raising.
They actually bring a dog back to life. Being a dog lover this made me so happy, although I kept having thoughts of “This will not end well” going through my head. I did not want the dog to die, although tearing off some heads and going Cujo may have been fun. One of the characters actually mentions Cujo when the dog starts to get more aggressive.
Sadly, the experiment is not working the way the scientists thought it would. The drug is left in the system much longer than they thought it would be but it is not discussed much, just brought up a few times. The drug is apparently allowing the brain to function at a much higher rate, using more of the brain at one time than we normally do, but nothing beyond that is said. So what if the brain is being used, that is what it is there for! And what does this all have to do with the dog anyway? He just sits there and looks at people. Sometimes in a menacing way, which again is not elaborated on. The pup also does not do anything else! The creep factor was there but it sadly dissipated after a while of the same old thing.
So, in comes a pivotal point. What happens to make the characters desperate has to happen or there is not going to be any reason to move the plot forward. The WHY behind what they do though is not fully explained either. There is only one point where he decides to use the serum on Zoe. I get that. They are stupid and making stupid decisions. Why use the serum on a human? Especially since the whole dog thing was not fully examined, in ANY detail, for the audience or for the plot.
Then, of course, all hell breaks loose. There is one discussion of Hell that I did really enjoy and I thought it went with the plot very well, but again it was not fully examined. Sadly, there was no real character arc or growth on the part of any of the scientists. The main characters does a complete 180 without any reason whatsoever. I mean, really? A character can not completely change their mind for no REAL reason. This is when the plot really starts to disintegrate, sadly.
To be honest, it is a fun movie. It isn’t horrible. It is also not great. We went to the matinee and watched this for $5.00 tickets. I think that’s fine. It’s short but it’s entertaining. I just wish they would have added an extra 20 minutes of actual plot to the story. I think it would have went over very well. I’m curious about the deleted scenes and if they will help to answer some of the plot hole issues.
So… if you’re a massive horror fan, this one may not be for you. I wound up laughing more than cringing or screaming. The hubby is not much of a horror fan and he cringed in the beginning, but then we both felt flat.
|Overall:||3.2 / 5|