Killing Lazarus is a gritty urban drama sprinkled with the characteristics of a thriller / mystery. Developed in the same vein as iconic films like Brooklyn's Finest and Dead Presidents, this collision of genres paves the way for a new and unique film.
In this 120 minute feature, we watch as a childhood friendship shaped by necessity turns to an adult one of comfort. Local drug dealer, Thurgood Jacobs (aka T), and his closest friend, Lazarus James (aka L), have been in the business for years. Our story finds the two just days before T's 30th birthday. With the wear and tear of the business weighing on his conscious, the police bearing down on his team and a purported rat in their ranks, T wants out. However, L, who has always had somewhat of a sinister influence over T's decisions, somehow convinces him to stick it out for this “one last big score.”
When a budding relationship between T and the area's newest neighbor Amy take a sudden and unexpected turn, T and L find themselves truly at odds and even worst opposite ends of a barrel for the first time. A friendship finally reveled for what it is and a momentary mental fracture creates a perfect storm for what happens next.
Tragic, both in timing and circumstance, but at the same time strangely liberating, Killing Lazarus is a story that promises to have audiences on the edge of their seats. This bookend story finds itself ending right where it began: one dead body, yet two extinguished souls.