THE GOOD NURSE
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Nnamdi Asomugha, Kim Dickens, and Noah Emmerich
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Despite being hamstrung by the trappings of the true story on which it’s based, The Good Nurse features a great performance from Jessica Chastain (and even a decent one from Eddie Redmayne). The problem is the synopsis, trailer, and actual history kill any semblance of suspense. We know who the killer is, so there is zero mystery to be found even though the film wants to be a mystery so very badly. The details of the story are eye-opening, but they would have played better in a straight drama. Still though, it’s one of the better Netflix Originals, especially for true crime fans.
The real life story of a nurse suspected of killing patients, starring Academy darlings Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain, what could go wrong? A lot, apparently. This dreary offering from Netflix moves at a snail's pace, and fails to build tension in a film that desperately needs it. Even Chastain and Redmayne give fairly pedestrian performances by their standards. This film had the potential to be really good, but instead, it’s another dour effort from Netflix. The true story of one of America's most notorious serial killers deserved a better adaptation.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting a good movie in The Good Nurse, but it surprised me. That is not to say it’s flawless. The pacing is not great, and it didn’t have too much to keep me engaged. Not that the true story at its core isn’t interesting, but it’s obvious who the killer is (I’m not sure if that was intentional or not, but why do it that way?). Jessica Chastain is good, and I never thought I’d say this, but Eddie Redmayne is actually great. Overall, while it isn’t perfect, it’s not the trainwreck I expected either.
This film was reviewed by Nick, Quentin, and Adriano as part of Bitesize Breakdown's coverage of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.