‘The Lazarus Effect’ hits theaters on Feb. 27, and the action-packed new movie might just be Olivia Wilde’s most thrilling role yet. Well, the reviews are in: Does the film deliver?
In The Lazarus Effect, medical researcher Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancee Zoe (Olivia Wilde), have creepily found a way to bring people back from the dead (which always ends well, right?). When Zoe herself is killed doing research on the project, it’s up to Frank to bring her back–which he does successfully, but she isn’t exactly the same. They never are. So, is the creepy new movie worth your time? We’ve got all the reviews!
‘The Lazarus Effect’ Reviews:
A creepy blast at the movies or an unoriginal bore? Check out the reviews for The Lazarus Effect!
Appropriately enough for a horror-thriller about raising the dead, The Lazarus Effect has spent the past few years sitting on a shelf, developing quite a stench in the process. Completed back in 2013 and originally set for release via Lionsgate, the low-budget pic subsequently landed at Relativity, which just last year teamed with producing shingle Blumhouse to distribute the imaginative and unsettling Oculus. No such luck this time around, as Lazarus shamelessly steals from superior genre efforts and lacks any distinguishing traits beyond a wildly overqualified cast.
The film itself seems best watched with as few neurons firing as possible… Despite eclectic casting and occasional experiments with objective camera, the director, David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), can’t breathe similar life into this risible mix of pseudoscientific hokum and supernatural freakouts.
There’s no doubt at all that the schlocky “The Lazarus Effect’’ should have been euthanized and shipped directly to video rather than haunting movie theaters, however briefly.
Director David Gelb displays a reasonably sure hand in his debut narrative effort, although he relies far too heavily on predictable jump-scares and a recurring motif in which the screen goes black for a few seconds before revealing the next scary visual… Running a swift 83 minutes, The Lazarus Effect would have been perfect as the bottom half of a low-rent, 42nd Street double bill back in the days when such things existed.
So now that you’ve read the reviews, it’s your turn to weigh in, HollywoodLifers! Will you check out The Lazarus Effect?
— Casey Mink