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'Lazarus Effect' breathes some life into medical thriller

'Lazarus Effect' breathes some life into medical thriller

If "Flatliners" had been directed by John Carpenter (in his budget-conscious mode), it may have felt something like "The Lazarus Effect," a tense, efficient medical thriller best enjoyed sans microscope.

This limited-location shocker comes from the producers of such economical horror franchises as "The Purge" and "Insidious." It finds an offbeat group of Berkeley research scientists working to bring back the recently deceased by combining electrical impulses with a life-sustaining breakthrough drug.

Led by Frank (Mark Duplass, more large and in charge than usual) and his fiancée, Zoe (Olivia Wilde), the Lazarus Project Lab team...