Film evaluation / ‘The Good Nurse’
“The Good Nurse” (M) *** and a half
AWARD-winning Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s first made-in-US movie begins by asserting that it’s based mostly on true occasions. For as soon as, we could also be assured of that fact.
It’s about Charles Cullen who, as Wikipedia places it, is “an American serial killer who confessed to murdering 40 sufferers through the course of a 16-year profession as a nurse.”
In 2006, Cullen was sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences and was not eligible for parole till 2388. Subsequent convictions have prolonged that interval past 2400. Earlier launch appears unlikely.
In Lindholm’s movie, scripted by Krysty Wilson-Cairns adapting Charles Graeber’s e-book “The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medication, Insanity, and Homicide”, Eddie Redmayne performs Cullen. Jessica Chastain performs Amy, a nurse with a life-threatening cardiac situation who helps detectives by sporting a wire whereas speaking with Cullen after work (which occupies a significant slice of the movie’s two-hour run time.)
The movie’s look and general really feel mix to offer it a way of discomfort to arrange the viewer for its theme. There are motion pictures galore that depict protagonists and conditions which might be distressing for no matter motive. This one doesn’t shriek its fact from the rooftops though it has a proper to take action; Cullen’s rating is thought to have reached about 400.
Its light, matter-of-fact stylistic therapy helps the dramatic energy of “The Good Nurse”.
I’ve just one remorse about it – having one or two extra lights shining extra usually wouldn’t have detracted from a few of its low-tension however high-dramatic moments.
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Ian Meikle, editor