Infection Review

Infection (2004)
Michiko Hada, Mari Hoshino, Tae Kimura
Dir: Masayuki Ochiai

"Friday...Friday...Gotta get...down on..."
So yeah, I've been sick. And let's be frank--nobody likes being sick. Especially when it makes you go nuts and bleed like a stuck pig or liquify your organs. In Infection, that's pretty much what happens. In part one of a horror trilogy by Masayuki Ochiai, an incident of negligence causes a patient to lose their life. As the staff plot a cover-up, a new mysterious patient is rushed in and reluctantly accepted. If things weren't bad enough, the new patient eventually dies as well and soon, mysterious symptoms begin to pass between the staff.

 I feel the movie has done more than its fair share in capturing one's attention through both scenery and narrative. What's lacking in visual gore is made up for with the creepy overtones, the dialogue and a general sense of despair. The hospital seems to get darker and more dismal as things begin to crumble around Dr. Akiba (Kôichi Satô) and his staff. The origin of the disease contagion becoming more and more enigmatic as their newly acquired patient dissolves into a disgusting pile of nothingness. Soon each staff member slowly descends into a pit of madness as they are contaminated one by one.

Some elements, including some of the scenes with the deranged patient or the breakdown of the young nurse, as well as the lonely swing set, are particularly bone-chilling. They definitely let you know things aren't going to be alright in any way, shape or fashion for the remainder of the film. The always eerily calm Dr. Kiyoshi Akai (Shirô Sano)  also lends a hand in making you wonder what's truly going on. In the end, you're left with a stunning realization as to the truth of the disease, the reality of what is really going on at the hospital. I'll be looking for the subsequent parts to this story eventually. If this is only part one, it can only get worse...and that's a good thing!

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