Review: The Lazarus Effect



+Jack Lynch

The Lazarus Effect is the latest in a long line of unimaginative and boring and low budget horror films. Longtime couple Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde) lead a team of scientists who discover a serum that can bring people and animals back from the dead, but with serious consequences.

While attempting to duplicate the experiment that brought a dog back to life, Zoe is electrocuted. Frank decides to use the serum to revive her. When she comes back, she has mysterious powers including teleportation, the ability to control objects with her mind and more. The rest of the movie is devoted to the team of scientists trying to stop Zoe, who had become unstable and violent. Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters round out the cast of scientists.

The lackluster script does not deter from the acting abilities of Glover and Wilde, especially. The special effects are mildly impressive but nothing to rave about. The plot is as simple as they come: scientists create a monster and have to stop it.

Overall, I was very unimpressed with this movie. The major plot twist was seen a mile away and there were very few legitimate scares. Beside the acting, the only redeeming quality was the twist ending. Mark Duplass – Frank

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Olivia Wilde – Zoe

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Evan Peters – Clay

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Sarah Bolger – Eva

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Donald Glover – Niko

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