Pathology (R)

Drama 93 April 18, 2008
By Luke Y. Thompson
Crank creators Neveldine and Taylor—who apparently no longer require the luxury of first names—scripted this tale of deranged young doctors in the L.A. coroner’s office who test each other to come up with ever more elaborate murders in hopes of stumping their colleagues as to the cause of death. The duo bring their crazed, anything-goes sensibility to the table, but they aren’t a perfect match with German director Marc Schoelermann, who seems to like his horror more brooding and artsy. So while our main characters engage in plenty of gratuitous sex, violence, and combinations of both, Schoelermann will be damned if he lets his main character, the rather obviously named Dr. Grey (Milo Ventimiglia), look like he’s enjoying a second of it. As the new kid who gets swept up in all the madness, Ventimiglia is morose from the start, and not exactly the portrait of seduced innocence this story really needs. Nonetheless, when a movie opens with the diner scene from When Harry Met Sally as performed by cadavers, and later proceeds to sex scenes involving scalpels and needles, the actual plot is inconsequential. Fans of hard-R exploitation will love this; everyone else will likely be appalled. Screw ’em.
Marc Schoelermann Alyssa Milano, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Weston, Lauren Lee Smith, Dan Callahan, Johnny Whitworth, Mei Meloncon, Keir O'Donnell, Jarvis W. George, John De Lancie Brian Taylor, Mark Neveldine Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor, Skip Williamson MGM

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