January 7, 2015 Pathology (Movie Review)
If murder held no consequence, would more humans commit the atrocity? In the 2008 Medical Thriller Pathology, those morbid curiosities are exposed to a new level. Directed by Germany’s Marc Schölermann, co-written by Mark Neveldine (Crank 2006) and Brian Taylor (Jonah Hex 2010), Pathology received limited theatrical release back in April of 2008 in North America and features a solid cast led by Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa 2006), Michael Weston (Garden State 2oo4), Alyssa Milano (Who’s The Boss series), Lauren Lee Smith (Trick ‘r Treat 2007), Johnny Whitworth (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 2011) and John de Lancie (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle 1992), among others.
Pathology opens with engaged couple Dr Ted Grey (Ventimiglia) and Gwen Williamson (Milano) awaking the morning that Dr Grey starts his residency with one of the most prestigious Pathology programs. As top graduate in his class at Harvard, this should be an easy task to complete. Upon meeting the rest of his interns, he finds that a rivalry and almost jealous rage begins with Dr Jake Gallo (Weston) as he is invited to play in an unknown game that takes place in abandoned rooms below the hospital.
Appalled, Dr Grey has some trouble digesting the idea, but is forced to play the game. Dr Grey whirlwinds into the gruesome game of “guess the cause of death” in which each intern takes turns to bring a body to the table. The game is to find out how the intern killed the person. Using their coroner talents, step by step, they examine the body, piece it out, and come up with a detailed theory. Dr Grey spins out of control and risks everything as he sinks deeper into this dark world. With a threat around each corner of trying to remove himself from the game, it boils down to a show of medical knowledge between Dr Grey and Dr Gallo as the expected, yet surprise, ending comes to fruition.
Pathology raises the questions “Are we just all animals with the ability to kill in our nature”, “If the fear of getting caught was not there, would we just kill,” and are there actually people in the medical field capable of doing the acts conveyed in this film? The sexual nature of the film feels a bit out of place, but satisfies viewers who look for the upbeat moments. Cleverly crafted, this film blends factual medical science with realistic bone-chilling effects and gore for a film that will grab the viewer by their gut. Hold on to that meal, for this is not for the squeamish, as one views Pathology. CrypticRock gives Pathology 4.5 out of 5 stars.