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DVD Review: Pathology

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I wanted to like Pathology, I really did.

After all, the film stars one of my favorite Heroes, Milo Ventimiglia, as well as the bewitching Alyssa Milano (Charmed, My Name Is Earl). Alas, the film’s premise walks a thin line between intriguing and preposterous, and, more often than not, falls on the side of preposterous.

Pathology is written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the pair who wrote Crank. But let’s face it, Crank was a roller coaster ride of adrenaline, not a heavy, thought-provoking film. That’s not to say that Pathology doesn’t try to be thought-provoking, as the premise involves questions of mortality and morality.

Ventimiglia plays Ted Grey, a med school student in love with Gwen Williamson (Milano). Ted soon discovers his colleagues are playing a dangerous game — it seems a handful of students have taken it upon themselves to kill for the sake of killing (or rather, come up with the most unusual, hard-to-detect way of killing), and the others must determine the cause of death. There’s also sex and drugs thrown in for good measure.

The acting is sub-par from all (including Ventimiglia and Milano), and there are no likable characters save for Gwen, who is hardly in the film at all. The gore is plentiful, and there’s a lot of gratuitous nudity to boot, so fans of either or both should find some comfort in wasting/investing 182 minutes in the film.

Pathology also stars Michael Weston, Lauren Lee Smith, Johnny Whitworth, Catherine Ivy, Keir O’Donnell, Buddy Lewis and Dan Callahan. The DVD includes audio commentary by director Marc Scholermann and screenwriters/producers Neveldine and Taylor.

There are also two featurettes: “Creating The Perfect Murder”, and “The Cause Of Death: A Conversation With Pathologist Craig Harvey”. Additional material includes a music video, “Unintended Consequences” by The Legion Of Doom, as well as an extended autopsy scene. The film itself is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ration and spoken in English with subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.

Needless to say, it’s rated R. And terrible.

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  • Peter

    Just wondering if you actually watched the movie, because you mention the 182 minute running time, which is listed on Amazon and other sites, but I rented the DVD, and though I do agree with your assessment, the film is actually only about 90 minutes long.

  • Peter–that was a typo on my part. The film is just shy of an hour and a half (I even tried to do the math in my head!). And yes, I watched every painful minute of it. LIke I said, I wanted to like it, but it fell oh so short of being entertaining.