First, a word of caution. I was fortunate enough to witness The Good Nurse without knowing much about it other than the fact that it was a Netflix film starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne. I was unaware of the book it is based on, the identity of “The Good Nurse” in the title, or even the fact that it is a true story.
It may have been like a female Freddie Highmore from The Good Doctor, for all I know. I had a screening arranged by Netflix at a nearby theatre. I sat by myself for two hours while I watched in awe what was slowly happening.
This was a turn of events I did not expect to happen, and I realized that in some ways, my experience as a spectator was similar to that of Jessica Chastain’s character, Amy Loughren, in real life.
The Good Nurse Review
Based on a meticulously researched book by Charles Graeber, The Good Nurse tells the actual story of Charlie Cullen, a notorious but rare serial murderer who was able to work as a nurse at many hospitals without ever being caught.
The police were finally called in at one of them because a lot of patients were inexplicably and abruptly passing away. The pattern revealed what was going on and, in fact, what had transpired at several other hospitals, all of which shared a similar employee.
Oscar-nominated author Kristy Wilson-Cairns (1917) changed the focus of this book, which initially seemed to be primarily about the evil deeds of Charlie, who put lethal doses in the IVs of unaware patients in order to carry out his sadistic deeds, to that of Loughren (Chastain), an overworked but devoted nurse and mother of two who receives a diagnosis of a potentially fatal and rare heart condition but conceals it in order She had a crucial role in putting a stop to Cullen’s murdering spree, but in the movie, the focus is placed on another term that best describes her: “humanity.”
She really is a fantastic nurse, and she has been a great friend to Charlie for a lot of that time. She comes to work at the hospital and provides her with the type of relaxation she urgently needed working nights so she could spend time with her children during the day. They get close, and he is a lifesaver, taking on additional favor for her like cooking and babysitting her children.
So it comes as a shock when she is informed that Charlie is the prime suspect following a string of bizarre and unexplainable deaths.
She doesn’t believe it and won’t believe it, but as soon as Nnamdi Asomugha and Noah Emmerich, two police officers, are called in and forced to deal with hospital administrators who essentially care more about protecting their reputations and those of the institution than about doing the right thing, she won’t be able to avoid the truth any longer.
They appeal to Amy, who ultimately agrees grudgingly to put on a wire and attempt to trick Charlie into making a confession.