The Lazarus Effect | Movie Review 06 Mar 2015   324


Cast: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Sarah Bolger, Evan Peters, Donald Glover
Direction: David Gelb
Genre: Horror
Duration: 1 hour 23 minutes

Critics Review

Times of India:

While this movie dutifully touches upon most horror checkpoints (jump scares etc.), it is probably the only horror flick that introduces something new – mention of something called DMT (referred to as ‘the Spirit Molecule’) in the brain, which according to Frank (Duplass), Zoe (Wilde), Clay (Peters) and Niko (Glover) is of key importance to their experiment. This, coupled with Zoe’s concerns about the moralistic angle of reviving the dead, makes for an interesting build-up.
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Director David Gelb stormed into the scene in 2012 with a stunningly beautiful documentary about the single greatest sushi chef in the world. That movie, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, went on to make scores of people from all over the world head towards Japan only to meet the protagonist of the film. All eyes were on Gelb, because he had made something completely original and thought provoking, not to mention delicious.
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NDTV Movies:

Jesus Christ! What a waste of resources and energy for a horror about raising the dead. Edgily balancing between the science fiction and horror genres, The Lazarus Effect is a poorly crafted film that has nothing original about it. And, the execution of the idea is both ineffectual and lethargic.
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