Movie Review: The Lazarus Effect (2015)


Directed by David Gelb, The Lazarus Effect is a 2015 supernatural horror/sci-fi film. Frank and Zoe (Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde) have created a serum intended to help coma patients recover, along with the help of their friends, Niko (Donald Glover) and Clay (Evan Peters). Eva (Sarah Bolger) has also joined to tape the results of their experiments, as they soon discover this serum can be used to bring the dead back to life. When an accident befalls one of the team members, using the serum is the only option, and things soon go downhill very quickly.

+ Olivia Wilde gets top billing, and rightfully so, as this is certainly her movie. She is a real pleasure to watch (both because she’s so damned good looking, and such a presence in her role)
+ all the other actors are fine, but it is Clay (Evan Peters) who is probably the standout; he is essentially his laid-back Quicksilver persona, just without the super speed
+ once the horror part of the film begins, it is actually pretty scary. A handful of jump-scares do ruin some nice atmosphere, but the times where the build-up matches the reveal are what makes it so effective
+ there is a nice little twist to keep things interesting. A few things the characters mention come back around near the end, so pay attention!

– the major side plot of the film is sort of shoved to the side as the scares begin, which made the whole side plot feel sort of out of place

> I am surprised to read after my viewing that this was given such bad reviews; I didn’t think it was nearly as bad as some others. Let me know what you thought; maybe my standards have dropped all of a sudden

Should you see this film: Running just under 90 minutes, this was a surprisingly scary film, with some great seductive acting by Olivia Wilde. Some twists and turns ensure a satisfying viewing all around. You should give this a view.

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