The Lazarus Effect

“You are playing God with a bunch of dead animals. You had to know this was coming.” 

In which a jovial lab-science crew develops a chemical compound for resurrection…yet are taken unawares by the supernatural consequences

Personal Rating: c-19c93w

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1hr 23 mins.

Genre: Sci-fi/Horror/Thriller hybrid

Directed By: David Gelb

Starring: Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Ethan Hawke, Donald Glover

I thoroughly enjoy these Sci-Fi movies with completely made up weird-science, a few actual scientific principles, and 100% confidence. Yet the Lazarus Effect couples this with an odd faith bend. However, in this film the religion v. science theme isn’t well exploited – the two ideas seem married yet not compatible, much less intertwined. I still think the X Files is one of the best examples of the connection between both. (Does that make me a fan?) That not withstanding, I do really like the cast in this movie, even though realistically this lab team is way too cool – Donald Glover (great), Evan Peters (great), Olivia Wilde, and this chick who looks like Melissa Joan Hart circa the summer when Clarissa became Sabrina. They work well together, even if story-wise it’s…interesting.

I must ask why there’s always one thoroughly renegade “scientist” that basically becomes criminally insane when things fall apart and then becomes the voice of total unreason? (Deep Blue Sea, Anacondas, etc., etc.) I actually love this character trope though – these personas are so ballsy, and they definitely keep these movies going. In short while this movie doesn’t really make any actual sense, it IS entertaining, and I wouldn’t be mad at a sequel…


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