Paul Walker Weekend – The Lazarus Project (2008)

logoDirector: John Glenn

Writer: John Glenn (Screenplay) Evan Astrowsky (Story)

Starring: Paul Walker, Piper Perabo, Brooklynn Proulx, Bob Gunton, Lambert Wilson, Linda Cardellini, Tony Curran

 

Plot: A former criminal is drawn into a criminal endeavour and subsequently finds himself living an inexplicable new life working at a psychiatric facility.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting

 

Story: The Lazarus Project stars by introducing our protagonist Ben (Walker) with his daughter Katie. Ben is part of a normal family but fresh out of prison on parole. Along with his wife Lisa (Perabo) the family is looking to the future. When Ben brother Ricky who is also fresh out of prisoner comes to him with a job, Ben rejects the chance. Ben loses his job because of his criminal background he doesn’t want to disappoint his wife, who is about to start studying. Ben goes along with his brother’s plan but the plan goes horribly wrong and Ben ends up on death row.

After being executed Ben is found walking along a roadside by Father Ezra (Gunton) where he is on his way to be the new janitor. When Ben meets a mysterious man Avery (Wilson) who explains that he has been given another chance to make up for his mistake. While Ben tries to figure out what is going on he meets a variety of different characters that could help or hinder his situation as he searches for answers.

The Lazarus Project is a slow moving story that tries to keep you guessing and it does throw out a few twists and turns. The problem is that none of the attempted twists come off believable as well as being forced down our throats. It tries to keep the mystery around for the whole film and slowly tries to push your emotions by what happens or is told to Ben. It doesn’t end up getting messy like it could, but it moves very slowly and one pushes you in one direction. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Paul Walker: Ben Garvey criminal trying to go on the straight road but after his chance if thrown away he turns back into crime leading to him to get caught and executed. That isn’t the end for Ben who finds himself in a small town working as a grounds keeper trying to figure out why he is there and how to get home. Paul gives a good performance and carries the film in the whole. (7/10)

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Piper Perabo: Lisa Garvey wife of Ben who is looking to start a career that will help the family together, but after Ben is caught she continues her own life without him. Piper gives a good supporting performance but is not seen enough to make any impact. (6/10)

 

Bob Gunton: Father Ezra the leader of the institute who treats Ben like a lost son trying to help him in the right direction. Bob gives a good performance in the authority role. (6/10)

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Support Cast: The supporting cast all help push us in the direction where we think we need to be going but in the end all come off very generic.

 

Director Review: John Glenn – John does a solid job directing but fails to push us the audience with anything that happens. (5/10)

 

Mystery: The Lazarus Project creates a good mystery leaving us to wonder what is going on but never ends up surprising us. (7/10)

Thriller: The Lazarus Project is a good thriller because we want to know what will happen or has happened to Ben. (8/10)

Settings: The Lazarus Project uses its limited settings to show how Ben is now trapped in a place he doesn’t understand. (7/10)

Suggestion: The Lazarus Project is one to be trying, it doesn’t push you as far as it should but is enjoyable for the mystery hungry fans like. (Try it)

 

Best Part of The Lazarus Project: Dog.

Worst Part of The Lazarus Project: Not enough hints of twists.

What Could Have Been Better? – More twists or at least hints of twists.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Shutter Island

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Some realities have no escape

 

Overall: Poor Man’s Shutter Island

Rating 55

Watched List 2015 Part 3

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch. I am also offering just for fun a chance for you all to guess which actor/actress I have seen the most films off.

So without further ramblings here we go 21 – 30:

1. Cyberbully A British teenager is forced by a computer hacker to do his bidding. If she refuses, the hacker will leak compromising photos of her to the public. A made for television movie with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams

2. Boyhood logo The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college. This brilliant and original style of film making will make this a classic that will get talked about for years to come.

3. The Gambler logo Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance? I feel this was a big disappointment to me.

4. Vice logo Bruce Willis stars in this Sci-Fi thriller about ultimate resort: VICE, where customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look like humans. A sci-fi film that went under the radar but it is easily miss-able.

5. Glory logo Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. Brilliant drama that shows how hard the conflict in the US Civil War.

6. Blood Sport logo Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur. This is what you would call a typical Van Damme film.

7. MalpracticeA lawyer (Stephanie Zimbalist) turns private investigator when her doctor-husband holds himself responsible for the death of a patient. A made for tv movie that was pretty much plain.

8. Out of the Dark logoA couple and their daughter move to Colombia to take over a family manufacturing plant, only to realize their new home is haunted. A film that went under the radar but lacked that true scare.

9. Deadly Gamelogo A thief is caught up in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between a maverick cop and London crime boss. This one I never want to see again.

10. A Walk Among The Tombstones logo Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. This is darker compared to a lot of Neeson action films and is all about the slow build.

The Best – Boyhoodlogo

The Worst – Deadly Gamelogo

Star leading the way – Liam Neeson, Boyd Holbrook, Forest Whitaker and Matthew Broderick all have appeared in 2 films so far.

Trailer Alert – Girl in Woods

Girl in Woods stars Juliet Reeves (Automaton Transfusion, Zombies, Zombies, Zombies!), Charisma Carpenter (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, The Expendables), Jeremy London (Mallrats, “Party of Five”) and Lee Perkins (Foxcatcher, KatieBird) and John Still (Hustle and Flow, Live Animals), and introduces Shaun Elizabeth as “Little Grace.”

The death of her fiancé (London) leaves Grace (Reeves) abandoned in a harsh mountain wilderness. Struggling against the elements and fighting off starvation, the fragile shell of her sanity begins to crack. Soon her struggle worsens when she notices a dark figure stalking her, watching her every step. Through memories of her mother (Carpenter) and father (Perkins), Grace finds a long-forgotten truth about herself. It is this secret, long hidden away, that will either lead her to safety or down a path of horror beyond anything she could comprehend.


On his latest film, Benson said, “Girl in Woods was a passion project for us. The idea of doing an origin story to what would be a slasher film interested me, and being able to wrap that inside of a psychological thriller seemed to add a level of storytelling that, as a horror fan, I felt would be welcomed. This film is the birth of an urban legend; one of a mysterious savage that is believed to be killing people in the mountains. I want audiences to be disturbed by what is happening to Grace, and at the end understand the legacy these events leave behind.”