With parole almost behind him, Ben (Paul Walker) can't believe how much he has to be thankful for: a beautiful wife, an adorable little girl and a steady paycheck. Life is good. But when he unexpectedly loses his job, Ben ... more »foolishly turns back to crime, joining his ex-con brother (Shawn Hatosy) in a robbery with deadly consequences. Suddenly facing a lethal injection, Ben must say goodbye to his family and prepare himself for the worst. But his death sentence isn't quite what it seems, as Ben regains consciousness near an eerie psychiatric ward, where he's told he's been hired as the groundskeeper. With the state of his soul in question, and the love for his wife and daughter all the more real and powerful, Ben must figure out if he's truly cheated death, or if he's become part of something far more sinister.« less
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 12/22/2014...
I really loved this movie! Very interesting. I miss Paul Walker.
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Jerry S. from OCEANSIDE, CA Reviewed on 12/10/2013...
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Paul Walker shines in this
z hayes | TX | 10/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
""The Lazarus Project" aka "The Heaven Project" is one of those straight-to-DVD releases, which was okay i guess, though after viewing it, I felt this was a lot better than some other actual cinematic releases that were pure drivel.
Paul Walker [of The Fast and the Furious] plays Ben Garvey, an ex-con who is just getting his life back on track with a beautiful, supportive wife [Piper Perabo] and young daughter. But his past catches up with him and his no-gooder brother comes back into his life with a solution - robbery - well, things go terribly awry resulting in fatalities, and Ben is left to shoulder the guilt and blame. He is sentenced to die by lethal injection and that is when the movie actually begins.
Ben finds himself getting a sort of 'reprieve' from death and is whisked away to an psychiatric facility somewhere out in the boondocks and is given the job of groundskeeper - the people that he comes into contact are all either strange or sinister or both - the priest Ezra [Bob Gunton]who runs the facility, Robbie [Malcolm Goodwin] a mentally challenged patient, William [Tony Curran] a violent inmate, psychiatrist Julie [Linda Cardellini] who warms up to Ben very quickly, and a stranger [Lambert Wilson] who pops up at the most inopportune times to warn Ben that something's afoot.
The movie takes its time to unfold, but what carries this movie through is not just the storytelling, with its unique premise, but Paul Walker's performance - I know, he's not exactly known for his acting chops, but he does a pretty decent job here of lending credibility to his character. I actually came to care about what happened to Ben in this movie. All in all, this was a decent thriller with a good premise."
Kudos to Paul Walker....A new respect for a disrespected act
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 10/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A trip of a film...I thought about how to title this film the whole time I was watching it...the best I could come up with is; What a Trip..a truly psychological ride of (in the end) an anti-smoking film.
Films like these can be debated for a long time as to when reality blurs into fiction and if the film actually ever occurs at certain points. I saw this as an approachable film with little recognition that can be attained by the masses. Bob Gunton. Piper Perabo and Brooklynn Proulx all perform in a film that I fear will be forgotten in the mass of subpar indie films coming out this quarter.
Nothing should be explained much beyond a man experiencing a strange life of getting second chances, numerology, psychiatric misappropriation, innocent family love, and a beautiful filming location character of Canada. This is the second film in as many days (coming out this week) that shows what a splendor our Northern neighbor has.
I was pleasantly surprised by the score, content and sublime symbolism that permeates this piece. Many critics have afforded their worthless opinions of how this film failed because of PW, but I would say give this film a chance and maybe you will be entertained by a solid psychological thriller worth watching more than once. Two deleted scenes are included to add some character content, but nothing else to speak of for the DVD. The film quality is good, and between this and Bobby Z, PW has proven he has range."
Slow start but worth it in the end
Still Paul's #1 Fan | NY | 11/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this video being that I am Paul Walker fan. The movie was ok by the end, but real slow to start. The movie points dont really start until about 40minutes in, which can make you lose interest. But, if you are willing to wait it out, the ending is worth it!!!"
The Lazarus Project
Arnita D. Brown | USA | 03/08/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In Dallas, Texas, the family man Ben Garvey is on probation but he is a hard worker of the Fort Garry Brewery Company and lives a simple life with his beloved wife Lisa and their daughter Katie. When his probation period finishes, Ben's brother Rick visits him after being released from prison and invites Ben to heist 12 kg of gold in dust from a laboratory. Ben refuses the invitation but he is fired from his job because of his record; he decides to join Ricky and his partner Phelps in the robbery. However things go wrong and Ricky, Phelps and a security guard die in the heist and Ben is sentenced to death for the murders. After his execution through lethal injection, Ben awakes working as housekeeper of the Monte Angel community in Dundee, Oregon, for Father Ezra, who explains to him that his past life is gone and now he is having a second chance. However he should never cross the boundaries of the location, otherwise he would die. Ben feels confused with the weird situation but he can not forget Lisa and Katie and forces Ezra to give a plausible explanation to him. But while working in the garden, Ben finds a frisby on the grass; he investigates and discloses the secret of the facility. A psychological thriller that will make you think from the the beginning to the end. Although a bit slow in the first parts to the middle, thats why its a psychological thriller, the climax to the end compensated for it. The lines are well delivered, a good script, good acting all in all, a good movie."
Colorado Photog | Colorado | 10/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this movie on Netflix, so got it the day it released. I'm a Walker fan, but had prepared myself for a less-than-wonderful performance given it went straight to video, but I was delighted with what I saw.
Bottom line? I really enjoyed this picture. I'll be buying a copy of the DVD and will definitely be watching it again.. but mostly I JUST CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY IT WENT STRAIGHT TO DVD!! I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat during the movie, I went through a range of emotions. There were no gratuitous sections (violence, love scenes or any other). There was no fluff, the acting was very good - it was easy to forget these are actors and I got into the characters. Weak points - the part of brother wasn't acted terribly well, a couple of parts of the story (but not the plot) were a bit weak, esp the premise around why he went back to a life of crime felt a bit "thin" to me - probably a result of rushing just a bit to get to the "real" story - post the lethal injection.
I hope others enjoy this movie as much as I did and talk about it - spread the word."