Anatomy (Special Edition)
The German thriller Anatomy is a Grand Guignol display of medical horror, dwelling on dissected flesh and body organs in jars. Paula (Franka Potente, the star of Run Lola Run) is a smart young medical student with a lot of family history: her grandfather is a celebrated surgeon and her father runs a low-income medical clinic. An award-winning essay gets her into a prestigious university, known for a strict but brilliant professor of anatomy. On the train to school, Paula saves the life of a punk rocker with a heart problem--only to find this same young man on her dissecting table a few weeks later in anatomy class. Her investigations into this coincidence lead her to discover an underground society of doctors who pursue medical research at all costs, and who sometimes give interesting medical specimens a little nudge on their way to death. Despite a clunky script, Anatomy has a slick look and some gruesome moments. Potente has an engaging presence and is surrounded by a good-looking young cast. This is pretty much a German version of movies like Final Destination, Urban Legend, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and anyone who's a fan of those flicks will find much to enjoy here as well. --Bret Fetzer
I adore Franke Potente, and would watch anything she appeared in.
I also love horror movies, and especially enjoy foreign independent films - this fits the bill on many... Read more
They disect people like little pigs. I was really surprised by how well this movie is, especially since I had no information about it prior to renting it. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2003 by Tim
Very good German Horror Flick. I thought the idea was good and orginal. After watching this movie I am scared to get an operation now. Guess thats not a good thing. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003 by John La Rocca
Will we ever civilize the Germans? No, not if this movie is any indication.Published on June 2 2003
this movie was a kick [butt]thriller thats not even that scary but leaves you thinking if that could really happen! Read morePublished on March 20 2003 by rain toretto
Although this is a horror, the scary live-autospy didnt take first seat here. I felt through out the entire movie that it wasnt its major theme. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003 by - Kasia S.
Tries so hard to be a good horror film but it falls short. It has the elements of being a shocking horror or a truly scary movie. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by Blurb
The majority of people who will see this are probably those seeking out Franka Potente movies (the star of Run Lola Run) and by no means is Anatomy a complete waste. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2002 by Mr. B. G. Fowler
I saw this movie solely because it is one of the few movies you can get in America that stars Franka Potente, best known from "Run Lola Run," and it turned out to be a good movie... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002