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Tuesday, April 29, 2008


(Guest Review by Russ)

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A small group of young, hot-shot LA-medical students engage in a sick game of one-upmanship to see who can commit the perfect murder.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Weston, Alyssa Milano, Mei Melancon, Lauren Lee Smith, Johnny Whitworth, Keir O’Donnell

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketStop! This movie sort of defies all rules when trying to place it into a specific genre: Slasher? Thriller? Medical crime story? But it doesn’t take much to define it as simply bad, bordering on completely unwatchable. Fans of any of the above genres will not find much satisfaction in this movie.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: The humor runs pretty dark at the beginning – the pathology students are cutting open dead people after all. But even fans of dark humor will struggle to find it very funny.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Yes, when you realize your nine dollars could have served you so much better. Ringer T’s are on sale at Old Navy for only six bucks.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: I see Razzie nominations in its future.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: All the actors are way too good for this film. Seriously.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Weird. Milo Ventimiglia is shot in extreme close-up for a lot of this movie, and it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense why. On the plus side, most of the film takes place in downtown LA and it achieves a nice balance between gritty and glossy. Just like downtown LA.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Completely illogical and unfocused. The core idea is clever; medical students try to figure out how to kill someone and make it near impossible to determine cause-of-death. But that premise goes off the rails after one murder, when the plot devolves into drugs, sex, gore and people going crazy for no reason. It didn’t have to go there, so why did it?

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