Thursday, April 25, 2024

Toronto: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne Sensational in Real Life Thriller “The Good Nurse”


Sometimes you don’t know what to expect from a film and then you’re pleasantly surprised.

Such is the case with Netflix’s “The Good Nurse,” starring two of the top actors of the younger generation: Oscar winners Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne.

“The Good Nurse” is based on the true story of nurse Amy Loughren who helped police unmask a serial killer nurse in her hospital named Charlie Cullen. It’s thought that Cullen killed hundreds of patients in the nine hospitals he worked in, just because he could.

Tobias Lindholm has constructed a taut thriller that works not despite but because you know right away Cullen is crazy.

Chastain and Redmayne have serious chemistry and are working each of them at the top of their game. Each of these actors is settling in for the long haul, and it’s thrilling. There’s also great supporting work from Noah Emmerich, Nnamdi Asomugha, and Kim Dickens. (Poor Noah– for years he was duped by the Russians on “The Americans.” He finally figures out a case early this time!)

“The Good Nurse” gets a theatrical release for Oscar eligibility at the end of October. I’d love to see it in the Hamptons Film Festival.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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