Film Review: The Lazarus Effect (Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Duplass) Another resurrection story with little substance

The Lazarus Effect, with Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Mark Duplass & Sarah Bolger.  Director, David Gelb.  I should have known this was going to be terrible, but one always holds out hope that there will be a new twist on this old, tired theme.

Though Wilde & Peters are wonderful talents, there’s only so much they could do to dress up this extremely low budget mess.  Wilde, a veteran of many excellent films & Peters breaking onto the big screen, perhaps this choice not such a good idea for him.  With limited props & sets & a story that came from nowhere & goes down the tubes, the film is just a mess.

Wilde is adequate as the better half of a scientific team, at a university, hoping to extend the life of critically ill & dying patients so that further medical treatments can ultimately save their lives.  Of course, they find a substance & method that resurrects bodies, with very little logic to back it up, which would give the story a little credibility instead of the earnest nonsense that we ultimately see.

I don’t recommend the film.  It’s a let down, filled with flaws, least of which is the disappearance of a dog in the film that was important in the first part.  It’s like they just forgot about it, after a yelp in the distance.  Nothing explained & onward towards the rest of the stupidity.

The film isn’t helped in any way, by one of the main characters.  Duplass.  Who lacks talent, presence & anything else that makes up a movie star.  I find him offensive to watch.  A case of instant dislike.

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