The Lazarus Effect (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
83 minutes /

User Score: 59/100

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The Lazarus Effect Review


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

The Lazarus Effect (2015) is an American supernatural thriller horror movie is also known as Reawakening (2015) and is 83 minutes long. I was eager to see this movie from the very first time I saw the trailer, and I was disappointed after seeing it. I had high expectations thinking it was more like a demon possession movie, but it turned out to be a movie where someone unlocks themselves after death and comes back to life with extra super human powers. Director David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011), Lethargy (2002), A Vision of Blindness (2008)) did not do such a good job executing this science fiction movie. The movie contains sexual language/references, bad language, drug use, few jump scares, tensions, suspense, and violence.

Frank (Mark Duplass - The League (2009), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), The Puffy Chair (2005), Your Sister’s Sister (2011)) and his fiance Zoe (Olivia Wilde) are the head of their research team. They have made a breakthrough on an experiment that can bring the dead back to life, and the name of this concoction is the Lazarus Serum. They start doing clinical trials on animals with the Lazarus Serum to make the drug better in the basement of Berkeley School. Their funding does not permit them doing experimental clinical trials on animals and therefore they were shut down and had their materials confiscated. Zoe, Frank and their team get together in the lab to do one last trial in an effort to save their work. Things took a turn when Zoe unexpectedly died and was revived with the experimental Lazarus Serum. Zoe (Olivia Wilde - Rush (2013), TRON: Legacy (2010), In Time (2011), House M.D. (2004)) reawakens in her normal body but just does not feel like herself.

The actors all gave a strong performance, but it did not help make the movie excel above average in any way. I am not sure if the screenplay was at fault or if it was directorial problems. I would not recommend this movie to others because it was a cliche to other movies, such as Pet Semetary (1989), Camp Crystal Lake, etc. The special effects, lighting, set and sound in this movie were awesome. I gave this movie a five because it was not a total waste of my time.

About The Lazarus Effect 2015

Title: The Lazarus Effect
Original Title: Reawakening
Year: 2015
Runtime: 83 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.95/5 stars from 49 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 49
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Ray Wise, Bruno Gunn, Evan Peters, Liisa Cohen, Sarah Bolger, Scott L. Treger, Olivia Wilde, Sean T. Krishnan, Scott Sheldon, James Earl, Amy Aquino, Cato, Donald Glover, Mark Duplass, Emily Kelavos, Jennifer Floyd, Ator Tamras
Writers: Luke Dawson, Jeremy Slater
Director: David Gelb