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Four years after Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriended Toothless, the dragon, the duo (now inseparable) embarks on new trips of discovery. However, disturbing their idyllic setting and peace of the land is a mighty dragon trapper with vicious intentions. Can the dragon riders rescue dragons from the clutches of the mighty villain who wishes to form a dragon army for his own good?
How to train your Dragon 2 should be studied by filmmakers to learn 'how to make a sequel'. For a change, it is not just a rehash or remake of the 2010 Oscar-nominated film. While keeping the spirit, titular characters and visual excellence of the previous installment intact, a new story, characters and plot twists are introduced to lend novelty to the proceedings. The makers manage to keep the high-flying action and pace impressively consistent. Not once do the scenes get sluggish. The 3D animation breathes life into the story, without overpowering it.
The film respects the intellect of its audiences, probably more than the live-action ones do. It gives valuable life lessons without sounding preachy. This ensures its universal appeal and cinematic excellence. Be it kids or adults, HTTYD2's breathtaking imagery, paired with a perfect blend of humour and drama, leave you spellbound.
What stands out in the film, other than great visuals, emotional connect and a heart-melting plot, are the surprise elements. You are kept guessing throughout, which adds to the excitement. The cuteness quotient of fun-loving Toothless and peace-loving Hiccup goes up a few notches. The latter even dons a flying suit now and the opening scenes are a sheer delight to watch. Hiccup is no more the clumsy kid he used to be and Toothless is up for a real challenge. This is their coming of age story, magnificently told.
The voice-over cast led by Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler are terrific and so is the new addition, Cate Blanchett.
Love, longing, tears, everlasting friendship...to watch the film in 3D is to live it. The dragons give you wings! They fly, you fly.
Lazarus is a character mentioned in the Bible. The Raising of Lazarus or the Resurrection of Lazarus is a miracle done by Jesus, in which Jesus brings Lazarus back to life four days after his burial. The story is told in the Gospel of John (John 11:1-44). Jesus is informed by messengers that Lazarus is ill, and that his two sisters are seeking his help. Jesus tells his followers that he intends to wait for Lazarus to die, in order that God may be glorified: "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." Jesus then delays for two days. The disciples are afraid of going back to Judea, but Jesus commands them to go with him, stating: "Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe."
Evan Peters and Olivia Wilde have acted together before in the popular TV series House M.D.
The crew and the actors were on the sets for about two months.
The film was originally titled 'Lazarus'.
There are some continuity errors in the film. The serum is injected into the temple area in the skull of the subject. In some shots, we see Zoe injected on the right side and in another, the bandage is on the left temple.
When Zoe dies, she is given an adrenaline injection by Frank to her heart. But he clearly jabs her in the wrong place - somewhere inside her left rib cage.
The film opens with an experiment being performed on an animal. A group of medical scientists take us through the process that they say, will help doctors keep patients who have either died on the operating table or are DOA [Dead On Arrival], alive for a while longer. The process is elaborate and involves a part of the brain called the amygdala and a chemical called DMT, which is the most hardcore psychedelic drug known to man and which occurs in the brain, according to what is stated by the scientists. They hypothesis that when a person dies, the brain releases this substance which gives people a visual effect also described by survivors as a 'near death experience'. Frank and his friends successfully test the serum that they've concocted on a dog and are successful, with their friend Eva (Bolger) filming everything.
Although the dog acts strangely thereafter. He attacks Clay one night in the lab and when at home with Zoe, walks into her room, climbs up on the bed with her and watches her while she sleeps. This is when they begin to get concerned about what it is that they have stumbled upon. The dog is placed in an MRI machine and they see that his brain displays a lot of abnormal activity. For one, the serum has not dispersed as they expected but is still in his brain and that the dog could be a danger to humans. The dean of the university where they are doing these experiments learns about the different angle that their tests have taken them - from keeping patients from becoming brain dead to resurrecting the deceased - and angrily cancels the program along with their funding. Frank and Zoe are disappointed but have no choice. Soon after that, a pharma company learns about this and buys out the rights to their discovery. This includes all their research, equipment and of course, the serum.
They feel it necessary to film themselves doing the experiment on an animal one more time and sneak into the laboratory of the pharma company at night. After setting up everything, Eva starts filming. Zoe throws the main power switch and gets electrocuted, presumably because she forgot to remove her metal ring or perhaps due to a faulty connection. The group panics and Frank takes the controversial decision to use the serum to revive her or else they will all be facing a murder charge.
They bring her back to life but soon, it is apparent that this is not the same Zoe. She can read their minds, move things around at will and her skin begins to change in color and texture. Zoe initially tells Frank that something is wrong with her and that something is happening to her which she cannot explain. Frank tries to comfort her and say that she would obviously be traumatized after her experience. When Eva visits a resting Zoe, Eva is suddenly transported into a corridor in flames, where people are trapped inside an apartment door. She sees a small girl [a young version of Zoe] standing at one end of this corridor. She awakens terrifies and tells Frank, Clay and Niko about it. Frank is disbelieving but then disturbed as he realizes that this was the same dream that Zoe would have as a kid and has tormented her since. Zoe then kills Niko by at first asking him to help her and then when he refuses, crushes him in a cupboard. Clay is killed off too, when Zoe suffocates him with his e-cigarette. Frank dies after he tries to placate and then inject Zoe with a chemical that will do her in. She asks Frank whether he still loves her and he says he does, but she reads his mind and then kills him. Only Eva remains and she tries to finish the job when the burning corridor scene repeats itself. She realizes that the young girl is Zoe and that it was that girl who started the fire, and still bears the guilt of that. To try and persuade the girl to let go of her guilt, Eva tells her to open the door, even as Zoe [who has injected a lot more serum in her] is approaching them menacingly. Evan injects Zoe, who apologizes before dying. We hear sirens as ambulance men rush in. But a close of up that shows one of them to be Zoe, who snaps Eva's neck. Zoe then places Frank on the table and injects him with the serum, reviving him in the same manner that she was.
David Gelb's supernatural horror film The Lazarus Effect has opened to mixed reviews, with viewers giving their take on the film. Especially on social media, the verdict is out and here's what a few movie going fans have to say on Twitter. Negative Tweets
Just saw The Lazarus Effect + I've never seen a movie that's pissed me off this much before. 😒