Wednesday, March 18, 2015
"The Lazarus Effect": so maybe our brains really to take us to the Afterlife
I went to see “The Lazarus Effect”, by David Gelb, expecting a B-movie horror romp but hoping to some more theories about the afterlife. I guess I found what I was looking for.
Mark Duplass (“The Puffy Chair”) plays a scientist at a Berkeley laboratory (with a fictitious name), experimenting with NDE. They have a theory that at death, the pineal gland releases hormones that gives the brain unusual powers to help it enter the afterlife. The experiment gets interesting results with a dog, and but soon corporate espionage gets the project shut down. But the team continues surreptitiously. Soon, an accident leads to the electrocution of Zoe (Olivia Wilde) in whom Frank has a romantic interest. Perhaps this gets into “Bride of Frankenstein” territory. Frank and his team (especially young brilliant sidekick Clay (Evan Peters) who violated the smoking rules) bring her back to life, sort of. She conveys that at death, she was forced to relieve the worst moment of her life, when she lost her sister in a house fire. It was like “hell”. So she goes back into space-time to save her sister’s afterlife. In the course, she displays telekinesis and pretty much wipes the staff. But, no fear, she can bring them back. The life cycle continues.
All of this is pretty stereotyped stuff. The official site from Relativity is here “I am Rogue” took over domestic distribution from Lionsgate. I guess this is a film “to die for.” I saw it before a fair audience Wednesday night at Regal Potomac Yard.
Picture: a curious fire on I-10 near Ontario, CA, my trip in 2012.