For his feature film debut, Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia chose Pathology, a slick, sick thriller from the writers of Crank (a silly but highly entertaining movie), Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Ventimiglia plays Ted Grey, a pathologist on the rise who takes a job at major hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Quentin Morris (John de Lancie, better known as "Q" on Star Trek; TNG). There he falls in with a group of young doctors who play a 'game' in which they commit murders to see who among them can figure how it was done. Led by the pathological Dr. Gallow (Michael Weston), the group choose their victims from among the unnamed city's low-lifes and degenerates, ensuring that no one will miss them very much. Fueled by sex, drugs and alcohol, Gallow spirals out of control, taking Grey and the rest of the team down with him. When Grey's fiancee Gwen (Alyssa Milano) comes to visit, things take a turn for the worse and it is up to Grey to stop the murderous band of MDs.
Loaded with gore, violence, S&M and graphic drug use, Pathology had a brief theatrical run this past spring, but was out of theaters as quickly as it went in, and for good reason. The plot is riddled with holes and inconsistencies, and while the cast gives it their all, the base vileness of the movie's central characters is completely off-putting, leaving the viewer with no one for whom to root. Some horror fans may find much to admire here, but it just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Let's hope Mr. Ventimiglia chooses better roles in his future feature film (say that 3 times fast) career. *(One Star out of Four)
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