This horror story has plenty for you gore-hounds. Some scenes will make us cover our eyes, and push our bowl of popcorn away. As horrific as the images are on the screen, the symbolism is so deep, a second viewing of "Infection" may be necessary. The good looking doctors and nurses, clad in white, symbolizes the purity and idealism that should permeate the medical profession. The green ooze (...coincidentally the color of modern day scrubs) symbolizes the fate of what will happen to the medical profession if the aforementioned idealism is eschewed. Scary and icky, "Infection" will scare you, especially if a visit to the hospital is in your near future.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Infection, Icky Green Ooze from Japan
What happens when the portion of the Hippocratic Oath, which says "..do no harm," is replaced by "..we'll do what we can,"? When a calling to an almost divine profession turns into a bureaucratic endeavor in which we expect funding and eight hour shifts, a horror story ensues. In a dark and isolated Japanese hospital, staffed with inexperienced nurses and doctors of questionable ability, running short of basic medical supplies, and decisions of life and death are based on funding and convenience, 2004's "Infection" (aka "Kansen") answers that question.