Friday, November 28, 2008

The Lazarus Project (2008) PG13 - 3 Stars

Nice concept but not a great execution. The mad doctor has tried to do a good thing by sparing the lives of men convicted to die, in order to rehabilitate them. I never did quit understand the snake imagery on how the men survived the lethal needles injected into their arms. The acting is weak but I did eventually get into the story because of the mind games being played on Walker.

Ben Garvey (Paul Walker) is an ex-criminal trying to live a legit life in order to avoid ever being in prison away from his wife (Piper Perabo) and daughter. But a bad decision gets him involved with his brother in a burglary that goes fatally bad. Now Ben faces death row and must say goodbye to his family forever. As lethal injections fill his body, he awakes suddenly to find himself in some type of a hospital run by Dr. Lazarus.

It is here that he is told he must spend the rest of his life and forget about his past as he's been given a second chance on life. Ben longs to see his family again but consistently sees mysterious figures in the dark, threatening him to stay put. The good doctor tries to explain to Ben that his memories don't exists but just images he has created on his own. Ben starts to believe in a second chance when he begins to fall for Julie (Linda Cardellini), his psychiatric doctor, but he soon learns he can't replace the love he feels for his family and must do anything he can to get back to them.

Double Edge Entertainment, Inferno Distribution, Mandeville Films
Director: John Patrick Glenn
Writer: John Patrick Glenn
Producers: Matt Milich, Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman
I viewed 11/08

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