German Director Marc Schoelermann creates an effective thriller with his U.S. feature debut Pathology. The psychological thriller is set in the medical school world, as we find brilliant student Ted Grey (played by Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia) with his entire life ahead of him, as a forensic pathologist. He soon becomes a pawn in a game of cat and mouse, when he discovers a perverse investigative game at his new hospital job, as a member of a crew of fellow residents is selected to carry out a murder, and the others must determine the cause of death.
Pathology starts rather slowly, but keeps you interested, with razor-sharp cinematography. However, it suffers from a weak script filled with choppy dialogue. It’s really for gore lovers, as it’s loaded with shots of autopsies and post-mortem surgery. That said, the box art, doesn’t do really give the intended audience a signal of what to expect. The film dresses itself up too heavily, as a suspenseful love story between Ventimiglia and his girlfriend (Alyssa Milano), but it’s really a gory hospital creepfest.
Overall, Pathology has its moments, and is bound to be enjoyed by the extreme torture and gore crowd.
The cast also features, Lauren Lee Smith, Johnny Whitworth, John de Lancie, Mei Melançon, Keir O’Donnell and Dan Callahan.
Check out the original film trailer for Pathology below.