The Lazarus Effect (2015) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

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  • Release Date:  2015
  • Genre:  Supernatural Power
  • Director:  David Gelb
  • Screenwriter:  Jeremy Slater, Luke Dawson
  • Cast & Crew: Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Bolger, Evan Peters, Donald Glover, Ray Wise, Scott Sheldon, Emily Kelavos, James Earl, Amy Aquino, Sean T. Krishnan, Ator Tamras, and Cato.

The Lazarus Effect (2015) Rating:

  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 4.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.2/10;
  • Roten Tomatoes = 2.3/10.

The Lazarus Effect (2015) Synopsis:

A team of scientist on the verge of discovering a revolutionary serum that can bring back the dead to life is suddenly interrupted when a tragic accident happens to their team leader.

The Lazarus Effect (2015) Review:

One way to describe The Lazarus Effect would be Re-animator meets Carrie. Another one would be “a big rip off of Flatliners”, both in terms of story and characters. But all these movies would be way too nice a comparison. Indeed, The Lazarus Effect never reaches the goodness of the above titles.

All of this to say that movies about scientists that bring people back from the dead are not new, and surely The Lazarus Effect is not bring anything new to the scene, except maybe for its strange supernatural twist that was not exploited enough in my opinion. I would have hoped for a bit more “science-fiction” bits to spice up the scenario and rationalize what’s happening – but it remained shallow all along.

The movie as some pretty good actions scenes to make up for the story, unfortunately, they were too often ruined by ugly CGI. Those horrible looking special effects remove any hint of credibility the movie might have had. Towards the end, it felt more watching music video clips rather than a proper movie.

To conclude, lack of inspiration and credibility are here difficulty balanced by good acting and decent action – making The Lazarus Effect an OK watch for horror fans, but not more.

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