Director – Marc Scholermann
Cast – Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Weston, Alyssa Milano, Lauren Lee Smith, Johnny Whitworth, John de Lancie, Mei Melancon, Keir O’Donnell
Release Year – 2008
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This is one of those films that I was somewhat curious about when I saw trailers for it, yet I never made it out to the theaters to check it out. I was interested in the film due to the fact that it had to do with biology and the medical field(big interests of mine), and the fact that it had some horror elements like killing, gore, and suspense(even bigger interests of mine haha!). Anywho, I am quite glad that I didn’t pay the 6 to 8 bucks for a ticket to see this in theaters, and settled for a much cheaper approach to this film.
The film follows a young and very brilliant resident doctor named Ted Grey, who is portrayed by actor Milo Ventimiglia who is a star on the tv show Heroes, was a star on The Gilmore Girls, and has acted in the horror films “Stay Alive” and “Cursed”. He begins his residency at the morgue section of a very nice hospital and quickly becomes a target of some of his overly jealous classmates. In an effort to ease tensions, he begins hanging out with them…and learns a very dirty secret they have been keeping. Ted and the “group” are studying to be pathologists, which means they will diagnose cause of death. The group he is hanging with has a sick game in which they each kill someone, and try their best to kill them in undetectable ways. Then, as part of “the game”, they all get together and have everyone try and guess how the doctor killed that person. The only way for someone to win, is for them to kill the person so that no other pathologist can determine the cause of death, thereby committing “the perfect murder”.
From the very start of this film, I was already not liking it. I always watch films with an open mind, so of course I was not going to be quick to judge, however instead of getting better(like most films do) it actually got worse! Well…it got worse until the 3rd movement, but I’ll get to that later. As I was saying, right off the back the film started off very silly, with the “conflict” that Ted Grey was facing being very cheap, and poorly written. I saw many cliché uses for the conflict and not only found it annoying, but highly unbelievable as well. Oh I said this film got worse after that right? Well…yes, it did. A while after the childish introduction we were given some horrible, and I mean HORRIBLE camerawork during scenes that were just as silly as the introduction. So yeah, can it get any worse than a bad scene, that is also delivered in a bad way? Not really, maybe if this film was directed by Uwe Bole then that would be possible, but I’ll save that rant for when I review a Uwe Bole film sometime in the future. Anywho, the bad direction and silly script were what really plagued the film throughout nearly the entire film, until the climax of the film. I did enjoy the last movement of the film, because it was obvious the silly camera work had been done away with, and we were given some pretty interesting scenes and a few twists at the end of the film. I did not find them to be amazing, however they were a vast improvement when compared to the rest of the film. Does the last movement of the film save the film? No, it does not. It does however upgrade the film from “piece of crap” to “decent enough to watch on TNT someday”.
Overall, this film seems to pretty much be a love/hate film. I did not personally enjoy it, nor do I recommend this film. However if you can look past the crappy camerawork and silly scenes then maybe you can find some sort of enjoyment in this film. But good luck!