At first Teddy seems game to play as the group's leader Jake Gallo informs Teddy that the group only selects "bad" people from their list. Teddy soon finds himself discovering not only is the group lying to him about the victims but he becomes embroiled in an affair with fellow colleague Dr. Judith Bath who also happens to be involved with Gallo. The movie has its fair share of gore and heavy sex themes. Lauren Lee Smith who portrays Judith Bath is the fiery redhead seductress and is very easy on the eyes.
While this movie did not rate well on RT in both with the audience and the critics i think they actually sell the film a bit short. While it does have some similarities with movies like Saw it is still very much different in presentation. Whereas Saw is your run of the mill serial killer movie/series Pathology is a little more clever in how they execute the deviancy of the group. For me i thought the plot was pretty original even though it didnt always expand on certain areas that i initially thought it would. And while the ending was abrupt i thought it was really good and i certainly wont spoil it by giving it away here. Lets just say i was pleasantly surprised and in awe of how it ended.
My rating: 8/10
The story is unrealistic, as well as the behaviours of the characters, even though, as I said, the actors did a fairly good job.
Moreover, the whole concept is rotten.
Anyway, "Pathology" is the tale of a medical intern who takes up a new role in a hospital pathology lab. When he ingratiates himself with his fellow young co-workers, the intern is dragged into a dangerous game, where one member commits the "perfect murder", and the others have to determine how the victim died. Spiralling further into the "game", the intern finds himself in a dark world full of drugs and murder and jealousy.
The cast includes Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Weston, Alyssa Milano, Lauren Lee Smith, Johnny Whitworth and John De Lancie from Breaking Bad. They perform well enough, I guess, but none of the characters are written well enough to allow the performers any room for acting.
It just feels like this film too quickly goes for exploitation rather than any sort of clever storytelling that they originally aimed for. Sex (both straight and lesbian) features prominently, and nudity, drugs and shock value seems to be the order of the day.
This film probably only worked for a certain demographic of viewers.
It is not entirely correct to say that Pathology is an uncredited remake of Stefan Ruzowitzky's much-superior 2000 film Anatomie. There are enough differences between the two to keep the copyright lawyers at bay. But I will say that there was a time when I was watching Pathology where the two movies are so similar that I paused the movie, pulled up my spreadsheet, and searched it to see if I'd seen the movie before and just forgotten about it. I hadn't, except for when it was called Anatomie. Now, I don't want you to take that to mean that Pathology is a bad movie; it's a capable little thriller, albeit one that goes for the cheap thrill too often. Just the kind of turn-your-brain-off-and-enjoy movie that hits the spot now and again.
Plot: Ted Grey (Stay Alive's Milo Ventimiglia) is a new med school student specializing in forensic pathology. While he may have gotten into his prestigious school thanks to his fiancee Gwen (Buying the Cow's Alyssa Milano)'s father being a higher-up muckety-muck there, he's no slouch when it comes to figuring out cause of death. He's good enough at it, in fact, that he catches the eye of Jake Gallo (State of Play's Michael Weston), a resident with a terrifying drug habit. But that's not Jake's only dark secret; he's also the unofficial head of a small cadre of fellow residents whose extracurricular activities include wild partying and murdering people in inventive ways to see if they can fool the other members of the group vis-a-vis cause of death. Despite his misgivings, the puzzles fascinate Ted, and soon he is drawn into the group.
There's nothing here you won't see coming a mile away. But then, when pretty much everyone in your movie is a killer, it's tough to get away with making your bad guys not seem bad. It's fun. I thought it would have been just as fun without the drug-fueled orgies; your mileage may vary. But if you're looking for a serviceable thriller and some amusing causes of death, this one will be right up your alley. ** 1/2