First, a little warning. I had the good fortune to see good nurse knowing absolutely nothing about it other than that it was a Netflix movie starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne. I had no idea which one was even the “good nurse” from the title, and I wasn’t familiar with the book it was based on, or even the fact that it was actually a true story. As far as I knew, it was like the female version of Freddie Highmore in Good Doctor. Netflix got me a screening at a local cinema. I sat alone for two hours, stunned by what I was seeing, slowly unfolding, a turn of events that I didn’t foresee as I realized that in some ways I had the same experience as a viewer as Chastain’s character, Amy Lauren in real life. .
I’ve been struggling as a critic (actually I hate the word, I prefer reviewer) on how to approach a review of this film and somehow leave the reader with no information about it other than what I was entering, the perfect way to see the film if you ask me. Finally, a light bulb flashed in my head, and I understood it. No sane review can be written good nurse and not disclose what it is about, what it is based on, and even what genre it belongs to. So I’m going to do it, but if you want to have the hell of an experience of watching this movie with the same mindset as me, then don’t watch the trailer, stay away from any discussion or even headlines about it, and most importantly DO NOT continue read this review. This is my SPOILER. Proceed with caution.
And now, Good nurse.
Based on a carefully researched book by Charles Graeber. good nurse is a true crime story about a notorious but quirky serial killer named Charlie Cullen who managed to move from hospital to hospital while taking a job as a nurse without ever being discovered. Finally, in one of them, the hospital administration called the police, as several patients mysteriously died suddenly and unexpectedly. It was a pattern that opened up the mystery of what was going on, and in fact what was going on in many other hospitals where one common staff member worked.
Adapting this book, which largely indicated that it was mainly about the atrocities of Charlie, who injected lethal doses into the IVs of unsuspecting patients in order to perform his sadistic deeds, Oscar-nominated writer Christy Wilson-Cairns (1917) changed focus to Amy Loughren (Chastain), an overworked but dedicated nurse and mother of two who is diagnosed with a potentially fatal and rare heart condition but remains silent to keep her job and care for her two girls. This fact was unknown to Graeber when he wrote his book, and although Lauren played a key role at the end of his story in how she was instrumental in finally stopping Cullen’s murder spree, it becomes more important here in the film version as the emphasis is on the word that defines it, “humanity.” She is a really good nurse and in many ways a very good friend of Charlie who comes to work at the hospital and gives her the relief she desperately needed by working nights so she can be with her kids during the day. They bond, he even babysits her daughters, cooks for her, and does other things that friends do for each other.
So it comes as a shock when, after a series of strange and unexplained deaths, the fingers of suspicion are said to be pointing at Charlie. She doesn’t and won’t believe it, but soon she won’t be able to escape the truth once a couple of cops (Nnamdi Asomuga and Noah Emmerich) are called and in dealings with hospital administrators who are basically more interested in saving their reputation and that institutions than doing the right thing, they reach out to Amy, who finally reluctantly agrees to put on a wire and try to get Charlie to confess.
This can be a frightening situation for everyone, but Amy is rather unusual as she uses a kind and human approach to Charlie instead, which is at odds with many who may resort to violence to fight violence. It becomes her story, women and mothers who perhaps die themselves, forcing every cell of their being to do the right thing, but to do it their way, of course, the approach of the cops and hospital administrators, this one, but everyone else, could not do it.
Tobias Lindholm, Danish director of films such as Theft as well as War debuts here in a sensational English-language film, carefully directing a story that I have since discovered was featured on 60 minutes and a documentary (the latter debuting on Netflix two weeks after the film’s premiere) in a more subtle thriller style, where we uncover the horrifying truth just as Amy begins to do so. It’s extremely effective, as is Wilson-Cairn’s meticulous screenplay and Adam Nielsen’s precise editing, along with Jodi Lee Lipes’ subdued cinematography.
Chastain, who won an Oscar for another role as real-life Tammy Faye Baker, captures Lauren’s compassion and warmth, as well as her growing conviction that somehow she will finally put an end to this, an ordinary person destined to do something. that she could never imagine. She’s great in the role, and Redmayne, who plays a dark character we’ve never seen before, is amazing, bringing an eerie vocal tone and special physicality to the role that will give you goosebumps. It’s a slow-burning image, but a complex one, because Cullen never makes it clear why he turned into this lowly killer and not the usual serial killer we often see in movies and in real life. As shown here, the character has a great physique as he really supports Lauren in the first half of the movie, but the turning point really makes his back tingle.
The rest of the cast is superb, including Asomughu, Emmerich, and especially Kim Dickens, who plays the corporate mouthpiece of sorts for the hospital, who gives me the same amount of goosebumps in her own way as Cullen does. In fact, she got a promotion. Go find out. good nurse in this respect receives additional weight in the way it also depicts the failure of the system, in this case, hospitals look after their own interests, and not about the patients who rely on them. In this way good nurse has a lot to do with winning an Oscar Searchlight that took over the Catholic Church, or even an excellent movie starring Paul Newman Verdict from Sidney Lumet in 1982, which was also focused on one man who fights against all odds for the greater good.
good nurse turns out to be one of the best pictures of 2022 with two of the strongest performances you’ll see all year. Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin and Michael A. Jackman.
Netflix will open it in theaters on October 19 and begin streaming worldwide on October 26. The world premiere took place on Sunday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival.