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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Lazarus Effect: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

We're quite hesitant to see this film as a lot of negative reviews came out, telling that The Lazarus Effect is awful. We didn't watch the trailer thinking that it could contain a lot of spoilers. We still give it a go because of the awesome looking poster and of course, one of our favorite actress in Olivia Wilde. 

A group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancee Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) is working on an unimaginable project which involves bringing the dead  back to life. After years of research, their hard work pays off by reviving a dead dog. However, before they can unveil their success, their lab was shut down, and all of their work was confiscated because they violate the rules. Soon, the team decided to duplicate the serum but with a fatal accident happened inside the lab; they are forced to use their experiment to one of their own. 

The film didn't offer something new but still brings an eerie vibe despite it's sanitized violence throughout. It is effective enough to generate some scares unlike other horror films that will leave you upset and thinking what the hell did I just watched. The pacing is good, with only 83 minutes of run time, it managed to keep the momentum at a steady pace without being tedious. The cast were also at the top of their game with Olivia Wilde leading the charge taking up her skills into the horror genre.  

Overall, The Lazarus Effect is a  predictable and an unoriginal horror picture. However, it is well-crafted and executed neatly with a group of dedicated actors to make it work. It mostly feels that Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" was revived and enters Olivia Wilde without being too overrated in using the full capacity of her  brain. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters

Directed by: David Gelb
Distributed by: Pioneer Films  
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide



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