The Lazarus Project

2008

Action / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

120
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 44%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 15809

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Linda Cardellini as Julie Ingram
Paul Walker as Ben Garvey
Piper Perabo as Lisa Garvey
Tony Curran as William Reeds
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1hr 40 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Filipe Neto 6 / 10

Paradoxical, complex, sometimes confused and lost, but effective in what it proposes to give us.

The screenplay follows the life of Ben, a former recluse, married and father of a girl, who will be involved with crime again, by necessity, after being fired. The film is quite emphatic at this point, showing his doubts and problems of conscience. Invariably caught in the act, he's sentenced to death and executed. From here, the film becomes confused, following Ben into a new life, as a gardener of an Oregon psychiatric institution. The mystery settles over what has happened to him and, in our mind, all the hypotheses are possible, from a strange and paranormal phenomenon to a crazy government conspiracy. It's clear, however, that he's confined to a specific place, a small town he cannot leave. The script has some holes and unclear issues, leaving a lot open, and we usually know as much as the main character. With me, this worked well, kept me focused and attentive. Paul Walker gave life to Ben and was competent in this task. In fact, for me (i'm never a fan of "Fast and Furious"), it's his best movie I've seen, to date. Bob Gunton also did a good work. Cinematography is enjoyable, but it doesn't bring anything extraordinary beyond some clever shooting angles.

This is one of those movies that leaves us not knowing what to think and not knowing how to talk about it. But I can say, to conclude without making spoil, that this film reminded me, to some extent, the famous "Shutter Island" with Leo DiCaprio, with the difference that the twists are less convincing and more predictable. But if you're willing to accept the film with it's flaws and paradoxes and simply get carried away by the story, I believe you'll be able to take advantage of what's best. It's not a brilliant movie, it's far, far from it... but it fits perfectly to enjoy some free time.

Reviewed by Martin 9 / 10

Very Underrated

It disturbs me to see many of these "reviews" on here. The film is designed to make the viewer think. If you do not wish to actually use your brain, don't watch this movie. Story line is great with maybe a few flaws, but no film is perfect. The plot brings to light the emotional and psychological toll life events can have on an individual. The film was steady paced up to the climax. Your attention is kept at the turn of every corner as a new piece to the puzzle is brought forward with doubt and mystery. Pay attention to the little things. I personally had the movie figured out about half way in. However, I happened to notice every small and subtle detail. In the end it is a story of morals, determination, and the fact that a persons past is what creates who they are. If you enjoy a story that makes you reflect back on your own life and experiences, give this film a watch. Keep an open and focused mind, and you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed by zkonedog 3 / 10

Emotional Beginning, Intriguing Ending...And Nothing In The Middle

If a person were to just watch the first 15 minutes of "The Lazarus Project", they would think "this is a great setup for a film". If a person were to watch the last 15, they would think "I really want to see the lead-in to this ending". Sadly, the hour and 15 minutes in between is so ponderous and bereft of any sense/emotion that a good film cannot rise from it.

For a basic plot summary, "The Lazarus Project" focuses on Ben Garvey (Paul Walker), a young family man who has a bit of a shady past. As viewers see him, however, he seems to have turned his life around and is a doting father to daughter Katie (Brooklyn Proulx) & and loving husband to wife Lisa (Piper Perabo). That is, of course, until he gets laid off from his job, forcing him back into a criminal element that puts in in front of the death penalty. The vials compress, Ben's eyes close, and we presume that he has perished...until he shows up walking down a county road.

This film is the classic case of having some great film-making ideas yet being completely unable to execute any of them. I can't go into all the details for fear of spoilers, but there are a number of areas where "Lazarus Project" starts out strong and then drops the ball. For example...

-Paul Walker turns in a great acting job as the "family man" at the beginning of the film. Once the mystery element kicks in, however, he kind of wanders around like an emotionless drone. -Like I stated above, the film has a great setup and conclusion, but in the middle it is so ponderous that even the most avid of viewers will begin to lose interest. Then, when the ending hits, it turns out that many of the things we as viewers have seen are not "true" and are quickly explained away by psychobabble.

Put simply, "The Lazarus Project" shows many signs of potential, but the final project is just short of a mess. The plot is manipulative (sometimes blatantly so), the promise of real emotion (from the beginning) never surfaces again, and some sections are so boring as to make viewers question why that even care anymore. In name, I guess one has to indeed call this a "psychological thriller/mystery". In reality, however, it is much closer to "jumbled mess".

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