Here’s a movie that just came out that I had a chance to see the other day. We meet a married couple who are very intelligent scientists. Their names are Frank and Zoe (Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde). They have figured out how to make a serum that brings dead people back to life. They are pretty much playing the role of God. They first try the serum on a dog. They give it a couple of tries and it works. The problem is that this dog is not acting like a normal dog. There is something seriously wrong and strange about this dog. What was once a nice and lovable dog, has now turned into Cujo. They have plans to look further into this and try to figure out what is wrong with the dog, but it has been decided to shut down the operation because they are doing some illegal work. Before everything gets taken, they sneak back into the lab and try to finish the study. When they do this, Zoe is electrocuted and Frank decides he does not want to lose his wife. Because the serum worked on the dog, he decides to try it on Zoe. Once Zoe wakes, it is clear that this serum has some terrible effects that was unknown about.
The Lazarus Effect is a movie that I was looking forward to seeing for quite some time. Sadly, this movie was more of a disappointment than an enjoyable one. This was a perfect example of a movie with a perfectly good premise that goes absolutely nowhere. The first half of this movie was pretty good, but then it just transitions into the same thing that we have seen so many times from different horror movies. All the scares from this movie you can predict. I thought this movie would bring something different, but sadly, it did not.
This movie had a very likable cast. Mark Duplass is awesome in everything and I loved that he was going to be in this movie. Olivia Wilde is even starting to really make a name for herself. I just thought this movie had some serious potential, but went absolutely nowhere with it. It was a repetitive movie with all the predictable jumpy scenes. The writing of this movie and also the directing was pretty terrible. I really thought something different would have been brought to the table with The Lazarus Effect, but it just left us watching the same movie we have already seen so many times.
The Lazarus Effect is a movie that probably should have went straight to DVD. I can say that even the predictable jumpy scenes did make me jump. I’ll give it the credit there, but I am one who always jumps at scenes like that no matter what movie it is. You know well in advance what is coming and it can still make you jump. Even with saying all that, the movie had so many weaknesses that it is very hard to give this movie a positive review. I would recommend this to someone who is not a fan of horror movies and is just looking for a movie to get scared. This will do the trick.
Overall, The Lazarus Effect is a movie that screwed up another good premise and went absolutely nowhere with it. Absolutely nothing but dull acting and predictable scares that you have seen many times before.
Grade= D (Bad)