Sentenced to death by lethal injection, Ben knows his life is over and he will never see his wife or daughter again. But following his execution, Ben wakes up in a new life not knowing if he actually died or not, and is told he can never escape alive from his second chance life.
Paul Walker (Ben), Piper Perabo (Lisa), Brooklynn Proulx (Katie), Bob Gunton (Father Ezra), Lambert Wilson (Avery), Linda Cardellini (Julie), Tony Curran (Reeds), Malcolm Goodwin (Robbie), Ross McMillan (Dr. James).
The Lazarus Project begins with some fairly extensive background and character development before the story begins to unfold. Throughout the film there are distractions that keep us wondering what exactly is going on. As the tension builds we become more endeared to Ben’s desire to return to his previous life. In the end however, the film delivers a well done twist that leaves us smiling through the Happy Ever After ending.
Acting was reasonably good with Walker delivering his usual. Perabo and Proulx supported nicely while Gunton did a good job playing the hidden antagonist. Wilson and Goodwin were other good additions, bringing nice depth while Cardellini was a fun distraction.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done and the film had a good solid feel. Effects were minimal but nicely done and fit the film well. Dialogue and sound were good and moved the plot along pretty good. Sound and soundtrack were good.
Overall The Lazarus Project is an interesting thriller with a fairly unique plot that keeps us guessing through most of the film and holds interest well.
With some violence, this one should be fine for teens and above.
The Lazarus Project is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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