The Lazarus Effect

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Four intrepid young medical researchers - Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters and Donald Glover - working to develop a treatment to restore neural functions in coma patients discover that their therapy can bring animals back from the dead. When they apply the process to humans, the results are supposedly scary. Screenwriters Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater work in some bargain-basement theology by way of Wilde's character, a nominal Catholic. For better or worse, though, director David Gelb zooms past her ruminations and gets down to the genuine business at hand: an unconvincing portrayal of mayhem and death.

Watch out for: Frequent action violence, some sexual banter, fleeting profanity and crude language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015