ByRalph Varlese, writer at
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Ralph Varlese

PG-13 | 2015 | 83m

The Lazarus Effect is yet another poor PG-13 attempt at horror. Full of jump scares it fails to be frighting. Once the first scare is over, the rest just have no effect.

The film stars Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, and Donald Glover as a team of scientists who are working on a drug for coma patients. However, their experiments trail off into a drug that can reanimate the dead. They bring a dog back to life, but it seems different. The dog's brain waves are off the chart and it is acting aggressive.

Before they can fully evaluate the results however, the lab is ransacked, all their data is taken and they lose their jobs due to a clause in their contracts. They decide to use the last bit of the drugs to try again and duplicate the results. During this experiment there is an accident that kills Olivia Wilde's character and they bring her back to life instead of another dog.

She displays the same anomalies that the first dog had and becomes increasingly hostile. She also begins developing super human abilities, similar to "Lucy" with Scarlett Johansson.

While the cast is well assembled and the concept could have been good, I say, "Skip it." Jump scares just are not a good replacement for true horror.


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