THE LAZARUS EFFECT (PG-13)
Directed by: David Gelb.
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, Donald Glover.
The pitch: Group of researchers discover a way to bring the dead back to life. Problems occur when one of the people they revive turns into a killer.
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The formula: Collect dead pieces of “Flatliners.” Shock it with a zap of “Frankenstein.” Bury the dead bits of “Paranormal Activity.”
Go see it: Fans of cheesy cable sci-fi movies will get a chuckle.
Don’t go see it: There are more scares at the DMV.
Misdirection: There’s an odd story element about the evil of big business that goes nowhere.