‘The God Committee’ Review: At a Hospital, Judgment Day

“The God Committee” ostensibly ponders the moral compromises concerned in selecting organ transplant recipients, however it largely illustrates the hazards of facile twists.

A teenage bike owner is killed in a hit-and-run that the screenwriter-director, Austin Stark, gratuitously performs for shock. The bike owner’s coronary heart is helicoptered to New York, however the lady in line to obtain it by way of regular channels dies throughout prep. That leaves the hospital’s coronary heart transplant committee with an hour to determine who will get it.

Should it go to a affected person whose husband died on Sept. 11, 2001, however who’s imply to the nurses? Should it go to an obese doorman who has bipolar dysfunction, however who’s making an attempt to place three daughters by way of school? Or ought to it go to a a lot youthful cocaine consumer and attainable batterer whose father (Dan Hedaya) is dangling a $25 million grant?

As agonizing as this emergency resolution can be, the setup performs like a false trichotomy, compounded by ancillary ironies contrived for dramatic functions. An eminent cardiovascular surgeon (Kelsey Grammer) on the committee has been having an affair with the group’s latest member (Julia Stiles). A lawyer-turned-priest (Colman Domingo) basically acts as each.

And in a system that has been added since “The God Committee” performed in a stage model, written by Mark St. Germain, the film crosscuts between these occasions, set in 2014, and the longer term, December 2021, when Grammer’s ailing character, nearing a scientific breakthrough, is himself a dangerous candidate for a transplant. A pure ham, Grammer solely amplifies what’s grandiose and bogus on this materials.

The God Committee
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 38 minutes. In theaters and accessible to lease or purchase on Apple TV, Google Play and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.