I’ve always loved horror movies so I’m always on a watch for a good horror movie. For today, my choice was The Lazarus Effect. The movie was made by Blumhouse Productions, producer of movies such as Insidious and the Purge. I said to myself this must be good. Plus, I’m a huge Olivia Wilde fan. I don’t think she’ll ever be in a bad movie.
The film follows a group of young medical researchers who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life. Everything happened within the laboratory funded by the college. The 5 scientists include engaged couple Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde), Niko (Danny Glover), Clay (Evan Peters) and videographer Eva (Sarah Bolger). After they successfully brought a dog back to life, the college dean discovered their secret trials and shut down their laboratory. At the same time, the laboratory was taken over by a big Pharma company. The Pharma company took all their research. In a desperate attempt to secure evidence of their research, they performed another trial on another dog but it went unsuccessful. In the process, Zoe was electrocuted and died. Frank could not accept her death so he tried to bring Zoe back to life. But Zoe came out a different person, looks to be possessed by an evil spirit. Zoe then went on to kill every single team member.
Olivia Wilde was so great in the Lazarus Effect. The way she transitioned from being the normal Zoe to the evil Zoe is just impressive! Her acting was flawless and I can say the same with the rest of the cast.
I loved every single cast member and their acting. However, I didn’t quite like how the story unfolded. I had too many questions like what exactly happened to Zoe? the first dog that they revived? The movie had a nice start but the ending seems rushed and I ended up wondering what happened, haha! All I can do is plot my own explanation on things that transpired in the Lazarus Effect.
I guess what I learned in the movie The Lazarus Effect is that we cannot play God. There are some medical experiments worth looking into but doing something not fully tested and understood pose a serious risk.
My rating for The Lazarus Effect: ⭐️ ⭐️ (2 out of 5 stars).