Perversion as a Game
Release Date: April 18, 2008
Starring: Milo Ventimiglia, Michael
Weston, Alyssa Milano, and
Lauren Lee Smith
Runtime: 93 minutes
Director: Marc Schoelemann
Executive Producer: Marc Bienstock, Eric Reid, Yan
Fisher Romanovsky, David
Rubin, and Barrett Stuard
Producer: Gary Giblert, Gary Lucchesi,
mark Neveldine, Tom Rosenberg,
Brian Taylor, and Skip
Writer: Mark Neveldine and Brian
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Ted Grey (played by Milo Ventimiglia) is a new resident who is about to marry a wealthy law student Gwen (played by Alyssa Milano). Ted is drawn into “the game” by fellow resident and rival Jake (played by Michael Weston).
The movie gives us no motivation why Ted would want to join the game of killing people except that the plot needs him to do it. Ted has just returned from Africa where he was helping in community hospitals. Why would he be drawn to prove that he can “win” the game? Soon, Ted is drinking heavily and smoking crack cocaine.
The “game players” meet in the hospital basement, nicknamed the “dungeon” where they perform an autopsy on the newly killed victim, attempting to discover the cause of death by one of their fellow players. These dungeon “meetings” include illegal drugs with homosexual and heterosexual sex before, during and after the various autopsies.
For these characters, there is a connection between murder and sex. Ted helps a fellow female resident kill a victim, and they immediately fornicate over the dead body. The characters will slice their tongues to draw blood before kissing. These pagan type acts are taking place at a well-to-do medical university.
The characters are not very reflective, though they do say that “there is no such thing as guilt” and that “we are all just animals.” At first, they choose to kill “low life” people, such as child molesters, saying that no one will notice they are dead and that they deserve to die. As the plot unfolds, ultimately the “game” group of residents ends up killing each other, except for one.
There is no redemption, no moral to this story, and plenty of perversion to go around. At first, you want to root for Ted, the main character, in hopes that he won’t join the game or perhaps could even stop it. Yet, he joins the game and becomes morally bankrupt, “winning” the game by performing an “autopsy” on his game rival while the rival is still alive. If that’s not enough, the movie contains plenty of foul language, graphic sex scenes and nudity throughout.
PATHOLOGY has only the production values of a competent television show. The story is not unique and it seems the filmmakers are counting on the gore and perversion to draw out the most base in all of its viewers. The actors give competent performances, but viewers never really connect with their characters. The musical score is pedestrian. The camerawork is very standard. There is really nothing to recommend or merit viewing this film. PATHOLOGY should be avoided.
The movie has only the production values of a television show. The story is not unique, and it seems the filmmakers are counting on the gore and perversion to draw out the most base in all of its viewers. There is really nothing to recommend or merit viewing this movie. Happily, PATHOLOGY is not playing in many theaters.