|The Lazarus Phenomenon - DVD|
A Glimpse of Eternity. In search of the truth about returning from the dead.
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Lazarus Phenomenon,The: A Glimpse of Eternity
Recommended for ages 12 and over
Video Release: 12/1/2006
Reviewer: Samantha Kubik
Producer: W. Johan Sturm
Director: Regardt Van Den Bergh
Runtime: 100 min.
MPAA Rating: G
This film deals with man's search for life after death. It is a riveting true-life drama that plays itself out in various locations including the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. A young New Zeeland surfer on an 'endless summer vacation' dies after being stung by one of the deadliest creature in the ocean, yet lives to tell his tale. Daniel Ekechukwu, apaster from Nigeria who was certified dead and lay in state, returned from the dead to tell his tale.
This film uses near-death experiences to examine the question of whether there is life after death. Two Christian men are central to the DVD, and they both vividly described personally experiencing both Heaven and Hell. Both men emphasize the need to forgive those whom they felt wronged them, admit all past sins, and ask God's forgiveness, in order to be accepted into heaven. Due to the focus on death, the potential for eternal suffering, and the visual depictions of Hell used throughout, this film could be frightening for young children. "The Lazarus Phenomenon" is approved for ages 12 and older.
Sex: Reference to past promiscuity.
Violence: People depicted being burned and tormented in Hell.
Drugs: Injured man mistaken for drug addict; man admits past drug use; men shown drinking beer and whiskey.
Nudity: Male without shirt.
Other: Frightening imagery including skulls, skeletons, screaming, writhing, crying people, a screen filled with billowing flames; graphic descriptions of Hell.