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The Lazarus Child

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The Lazarus Child coming of age movie review at TheSkyKidComWould you do everything for your child? How would you react if there is an accident and someone tells you that the treatment of your child is outside the budget? Who has the right to decide what is in your child’s best interest? Do you believe that a world beyond consciousness exists?

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The Lazarus Child (also known as The Last Door)is a psychological drama, filmed in an exceptional way, which tells the story of  the personal tragedy of a family whose daughter falls into coma after a severe accident on the way to school. Surprisingly, I only found out about the film today after watching its trailer on another DVD of mine.  A quick look up on the Internet revealed that Harry Eden starred in the film  (other films in which he has a major appearance  that I was aware of were Real Man, Peter Pan and Oliver Twist) which, combined with the impression that the trailer left me, determined my decision to see the film. The trailer of the film is a bit misleading as it almost convinced me that I was about to see a ghost-like story in the style of  The Sixth Sense or The Orphanage – yet even if that is not the case I am glad that it convinced me to see the movie.

The first thing that grabbed my attention was the well composed soundtrack – piano that sets the mood for the film. I have noted that in several films – if the opening credits have a certain mood then the viewer sets some expectations before seeing a single scene from the movie itself. Slow motion camera techniques put an emphasis on certain scenes or a feeling of the actors. In a small hospital room, Frankie Heywood lies in a deep coma, so deep that no one can reach it. Her 12-year-old brother Ben witnesses the accident  and his behavior changes – not only internally, but also externally as the colour of his hair changes from brown to blond overnight. The most logical explanation for these changes is that he feels responsible for the accident –  for not looking after his litter sister more closely – and tries to overcome a feeling of guilt so strong that it causes him to become emotionally distant from his family.

Harry Eden

The medics responsible for the Frankie’s recovery are telling her parents there is no hope for her and they can only do so much as to keep her alive. In its desperation, Frankie’s family turns to  Dr. Elizabeth Chase, a  neurologist who operates an  experimental clinic for comas. Anyone interested in psychology and the way the human brain works will find The Lazarus Child quite intriguing. I myself learned a lot from it. If you search the net for other reviews of the film and the book by Robert Mawson on which it’s based you will note that while some reviewers praise the film, other call it cliched and unconvincing. I am willing to join the first group and recommend the film to you as I found the story touching and emotional. The excellent cinematography and the performance of the cast, as well as the moral dilemmas raised by the the story make The Lazarus Child a film that I had to feature on this blog.

 

To finish my review I would like to quote the plot summary released by the book’s publisher ( picked that instead of the film`s plot summary as it better describes what the story is about )      :

A neurologist defies society and the law to bring a child coma patient back to life using an experimental treatment, in this novel of hope and despair, of healing and resurrection.

 

9 COMMENTS

  1. U know..i knew something about Inception reminded me of something i’d read before. I finally remembered it was this book.

  2. Hello Hered,

    I do think that it is a good movie and hope you will like it. In any case came back when you see it and let me and the readers of this blog know what`s your take on it. Today the film audio review will be featured on theskykid.com radio and later on added to the post.

    Thanks for commenting.

  3. After reading your review, I wachted the trailer. Now I'm interested in wachting this movie. I will order the DVD soon. I saw that I can get it for 5 euro here in the Netherlands, one more reason to buy it :)

  4. I loved this movie! I have had it in my collection for several years now! After seeing your review I will have to go watch it again tonight at the close of the day! Of course you must like kid actors and sci-fi to really enjoy the film and that fits my profile to the penny! It is very well acted out and not always predicting! After reading your review you bring out things I never notice like the soundtracks! If a movie is done well they just seem to blend into the movie not taking over! While I don't remember anything special about the soundtrack it must have been good because it complemented the film instead of taking president. Thanks for writing this review to remind me about it!

  5. Oh, I felt a little flashback while discovering this review ! There has been a time when I really was into the “Lazarus Child”, and of course the topic that it is dealing with. So I naturally read the book, which was a fascinating experience. I have been looking for this film, and when I finally got the original DVD (from where I do not know anymore, I think Australia) I was expecting a lot. Too much, maybe… since the film could not capture the tensed mood from the book. But hey, that is nothing new at all… so I think I feel like Skykid – it's a quite good film with a very interesting topic, but they could have made much more out of it… ESPECIALLY the last quarter of the book was totally unique and even fantastic (being in this “parallel world”, so to say), and in the film… well. So I would recommend the book to a 100%, and the film for… 60. ;-)

  6. I have mentioned in the review that people who have seen the film tend to end up either liking it a lot of disliking it. I myself enjoyed reading all opinions and presented mine in the form of the review you saw. Thank you for sharing your opinion on it.

  7. Upon reading your review i decided to watch this movie which i have done now.
    My ipression of if that it was good, but absolutely nothing more than that. It somehow failed to _really_ capture me and when it was over i was thinking something in the ways of “yeah, it was good but thank god its over”

  8. I have mentioned in the review the people who have seen the film tend to end up either liking it a lot of disliking it. I myself enjoyed reading all opinions and presented mine in the form of the review you saw. Thank you for sharing your opinion on it.

  9. Upon reading your review i decided to watch this movie which i have done now.
    My ipression of if that it was good, but absolutely nothing more than that. It somehow failed to _really_ capture me and when it was over i was thinking something in the ways of “yeah, it was good but thank god its over”

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