The previews for this one looked like it’d be a solid flick, but I didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters. If I had, maybe my opinion wouldn’t be so harsh. Currently streaming on Netflix, The Lazarus Effect is about a team of medical students (including Evan Peters and Olivia Wilde) playing around with bring dead things back to life with electric shocks and a serum they’ve concocted. Of course, one of them dies, so they use the process on her corpse. She comes back, of course, evil. They are trapped in the laboratory with her, ho hum things happen.
If you’re going to make a movie about experimental procedures to resurrect the deceased in 2015, it better damn well be original, or there is no point in it because the idea itself is long beyond resuscitation. The idea of a group of people being stalked by a former friend has no creative upside, they get killed, roll credits. That’s all you can do with the idea and that’s all this film does. However, I give them credit for trying. The acting is good for this kind of film and the cinematography keeps things as tense as they can be for a film in which you know what is going to happen before it does and spend the majority of the film waiting for it to catch up with you. The Lazy Ass Effect would have been a better title.
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