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Good Nurse Catches Unhealthy Nurse in Serial-Killer True Story

R | 2h 1m |Drama | Oct 19, 2022

Good nurse Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain) has a heat bedside method and a razor-sharp grasp of her career. She’s the supervising nurse of Parkfield Hospital’s intensive care unit in New Jersey.

Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain) is a nurse who helped uncover a serial killer’s hospital crimes, in “The Good Nurse.” (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)

Just like the sword of Damocles, a coronary heart ailment hangs over her. She’s prone to a stroke, she’s mentally and bodily exhausted from juggling lengthy hours on her ft de ella, and from being a single mother with two younger daughters. She’s unable to relaxation or take the day off for a coronary heart transplant as a result of she wants the cash for medical health insurance, which implies she has to proceed working within the ICU like a ticking time-bomb, with the extra stress of working the night time shift.

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(L–R) Maya Loughren (Devyn McDowell), Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain), and Alex Loughren (Alix West Lefler), in “The Good Nurse.” (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)

Unhealthy Nurse

Issues begin wanting up for Amy when new nurse Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) joins her care crew. He is good and really skilled with earlier nursing jobs in 9 hospitals. He is observant and shortly notices her episodes of short-windedness and excessive exhaustion.

Being a caretaker by career and character, that’s personable, useful, supportive, quiet, and delicate, he is additionally able to assuming such big tasks that Amy shortly begins trusting him with further jobs, together with babysitting her personal youngsters. Charlie’s a godsend, getting her via the harrowing occasions previous to her getting an operation. Amy’s gratitude for her is palpable.

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Charles Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) and Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain) take a break in “The Good Nurse.” (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)

As their friendship builds (there’s Charlie teaching Amy’s eldest and operating strains along with her for her college play), Amy lastly feels hope for the long run. Nonetheless, there’s one thing significantly rotten within the state of Denmark.

Charlie quickly turns into the principle suspect within the hospital’s investigation of a spate of sufferers abruptly coding and dying. The native detectives discover themselves stonewalled by the hospital’s forms. The hospital conveniently retains cremating our bodies.

The police finally recruit Amy, in opposition to her will, to spy on Charlie and, sporting a wire, hopefully to ensnare him in a confession. Charlie’s very candy on the skin, however he is additionally a lethal serial killer, and so Amy dangers her life and profession de ella, to not point out being inwardly conflicted as a result of she and Charlie have grow to be quick buddies.

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(L–R) Murder detectives Tim Braun and Danny Baldwin (Noah Emmerich and Nnamdi Asomugha) recruit good nurse Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain) to assist them catch a nasty nurse, in “The Good Nurse.” (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)

Along with her assist, the detectives (Noah Emmerich and Nnamdi Asomugha) lastly get a sufferer’s husband to permit the exhumation of his spouse’s physique. Bingo. There are medication in her system de ella, which they’re then capable of hint to storage-room IV luggage tainted, by way of syringe, with the visually unnoticeable clear liquids insulin or the center medicine digoxin.

Hospital Indictment

Since “The Good Nurse” relies on a real story, it is not a spoiler to narrate that heat, smiling, taking-care-of-your-children, trusted-colleague Charlie Cullen seems to be the Angel of Dying. Actual-life Cullen finally pleaded responsible in 2003 to committing 40 murders (29 of which had been confirmed) throughout a 16-year nursing profession, spanning 10 hospitals and nursing houses within the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas. The actual variety of his homicide spree from him is considered nearer to 400.

The film is a sign of the systemic failure of the American hospital system to each self-investigate and self-regulate. The explanation Cullen was capable of serial kill in so many hospitals is as a result of every hospital stored the following one at the hours of darkness, for worry of lawsuits, naturally.


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Nurse Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain), in “The Good Nurse.” (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)

“The Good Nurse” is Danish director Lindholm’s first American characteristic movie, and he brings a strongly Scandinavian-European sensibility: “The Good Nurse” has as a lot of the texture of a European art-house because it does an American medical thriller.

Jessica Chastain performs Amy with such refined naturalism that you’re going to swear you are within the firm of an precise overworked, underpaid nurse, and stressed-to-the-max mother.

British actor Eddie Redmayne transitions chillingly, by way of a sequence of escalating and slowly revealing ticks, from sweetness and anxiousness to a crux scene of huge insanity. It is form of Norman Bates meets Hannibal Lecter.

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The murky motives of serial killer Charles Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) stay unknown, in “The Good Nurse.” (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)

Cullen is now serving 11 consecutive life sentences. No hospital the place he labored has ever been sued. Why’d I do it? In his personal phrases of him —as a result of nobody ever stopped him. “The Good Nurse” could have you biting your nails and make you assume twice the following time you see a nurse wheeling an IV bag stand in your normal course.

Netflix launched The Good Nurse in theaters on Oct. 19 and began streaming on Oct. 26, 2022

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Film poster for “The Good Nurse.”

‘The Good Nurse’
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Emmerich, Nnamdi Asomugha, Kim Dickens, Malik Yoba, Alix West Lefler
MPAA Score: R
Working Time: 2 hours, 1 minute
Launch Date: Oct. 19, 2022
Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Mark Jackson

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Mark Jackson is the senior movie critic for The Epoch Occasions. Mark has 20 years’ expertise as knowledgeable New York actor, classical theater coaching, and a BA in philosophy. He just lately narrated the Epoch Occasions audiobook “How the Specter of Communism is Ruling Our World,” and has a Rotten Tomatoes creator web page.


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