Pathology. It once had a single definition: The study of disease or any condition that affects the length or quality of life. It now has a second: terrible movie.
Milo Ventimiglia, best known as Peter Petrelli in "Heroes," stars in this alleged shock flick about a group of medical students who start a game to see who can commit the perfect murder. What starts out as an "innocent" killing of one or two people here and there, however, turns into an all-out war as one of the students (Michael Weston) goes off his rocker just a little bit. Facing some not-so-good options, Ted (Ventimiglia) decides that he has to take matters into his own hands.
I have to admit... I was looking forward to Pathology. In fact, strangely excited. Ever since I saw the Red-band trailer, which featured lots of gore and gratuitous nudity, I thought that this movie, as far as horror thrillers go, could be halfway worthwhile. Alyssa Milano still looks good at 36, yes, and Lauren Lee Smith looks damn hot, but even the rather pointless sex scenes with the two of them (no, not together) can't save Pathology from the morgue.
The movie just sucks from beginning to end. The plot makes no sense: there's no rational motive for this many people to all get caught up in the same sick game; no matter how much you're around death, sociopaths don't just make it to grad school left and right and all end up on the same team together and decide to brutally kill people just to see if they can get away with it. It just doesn't happen.
None of the characters - including Ted - are even slightly redeemable; if Ted is meant to be the protagonist, it is a sad, sad day. One suspects - and by one, I mean me - that the writers intended to make us feel for Ted, but he commits murder along with the rest of them, cheats on his girlfriend without an ounce of remorse, and when he decides to do something about his situation, he's doing it to cover his own ass, not make up for the moral wrongs he's committed. I don't need a protagonist to be morally sound, but the characters in Saw are more likable than any found here. The lack of sensible characters also makes the film feel even more utterly ridiculous, as there's no one to contrast against them.
Pathology is boring and not nearly as gory as advertised; the gore wouldn't have saved the film, but it would have at least made the viewing watchable. Milo is going to have to stick to television for just a little longer if this movie is any indication.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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