The Good Nurse is exactly what it seems to be: another of those Netflix-produced true crime films.
The only distinction between this movie and any of the countless other movies of a like subject matter in the collection of the streaming behemoth is that this one features two prominent.
When the writing falls flat, which it does with disheartening regularity, at least the actors’ commitment to the characters is enough to keep the audience interested.
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder, written by Charles Graeber in 2014, is chronicled in the movie, which marks Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s English-language debut.
A gifted yet reserved nurse named Charlie Cullen (
) alternates between hospitals for no apparent reason.
He ends up working with single mother Amy Loughren (
), who has a cardiac issue, at a plain New Jersey locale.
Even though the job’s stress could kill her, she persists since she needs health insurance.
Recognizing her predicament, Charlie makes friends with her and offers to assist her whenever necessary.
The film doesn’t have the time or patience to dive into Amy’s personal life outside of her profession.
We witness a few scenes with Amy’s kids and can tell that she’s under tremendous financial stress.