FOR Amy (Jessica Chastain), a nurse combating the workload on the ICU of a New Jersey hospital, single-parenthood, and her coronary heart situation, it’s her new colleague Charles Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) who affords respite. She strikes up a friendship with Charles, who’s caring and supportive. He shares her tasks at work and even helps Amy sort out her nine-year-old daughter’s tantrums. This dynamic between them modifications when a few of their recovering sufferers die abruptly and inexplicably and Charles turns into a suspect. It seems that such deaths occurred when he was employed at different hospitals.
Lead actors Chastain and Redmayne have already established a formidable particular person monitor document of diving into demanding roles and essaying them with nuance and honesty. Their riveting efficiency in The Good Nurse, which is Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s English-language debut, powers the narrative of this 123-minute-long function, the newest addition to true crime tales streaming on Netflix. Since the friendship between Amy and Charles stays the movie’s focus, these two good actors appear to feed off one another’s artistic power. Redmayne, particularly, brings out the nuances of a person who is nice sufficient to deal with his colleague’s daughters, heartbroken to be away from his personal daughters however discreetly overdoses his powerless sufferers for no obvious purpose.
The movie additionally constructs again tales of the sufferers who’re introduced in grievous situations for remedy. Warm and pleasant Amy establishes a reference to most of her sufferers together with an aged, newly married couple and a younger mom. When these sufferers die whereas recovering, it creates a shock. But the shock doesn’t remodel into anger or worry.
Even although the movie recounts the chilling story of a serial killer, who labored at completely different American hospitals as a nurse for 16 years and is suspected to have killed almost 400 sufferers (he, nonetheless, admitted to 29 killings), it falls wanting invoking the sensation of dread. After all, the prospect of a caregiver going rogue in an ICU, concentrating on a weak affected person is not any much less scary than being trapped in a haunted residence with malevolent invisible forces. The movie stays insufficient with regards to highlighting the negligence of hospitals the place Charles labored. Even although they suspected foul play, they by no means initiated any authorized motion towards Charles.
The Good Nurse might have been the story of a defective system that enables a serial killer to function till native detectives come knocking on the hospital’s door. When that occurs, all that the hospitals do is canopy their tracks and stay uncooperative. This story can also be about understaffed hospitals and a nurse who’s overworked and may’t avail well being advantages until she completes a 12 months at work regardless of the specter of struggling a stroke looming giant.
The lead actors handle to maintain the narrative partaking, which opts for a extra humane portrayal of a serial killer, who’s at the moment serving a number of life sentences.