“The Good Nurse” is a horror movie for adults who don’t like horror movies. With Netflix’s “Dahmer” dominating the streaming service and Halloween around the corner, “The Good Nurse” benefits on both fronts. While not entirely classified as a horror film, the shocking true story will always come to mind when you see a saline bag. Danish Writer/Director Tobias Lindholm (“The Hunt” and “A War”) might deliver his first English language film but is no stranger to intense dramas. His work is typically more prestigious and international when directed by Oscar nominee Thomas Vinterberg, but “The Good Nurse” builds into quite a goosebump-inducing home movie night. Jessica Chastain’s first film since winning the Oscar for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” exhibits how she and co-star and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne can elevate a mediocre script.

Single mother of two, graveyard shift at the local underfunded ER, with a heart condition that requires a transplant if she can make it four more months for insurance to kick in. That’s the life situation for nurse Amy Loughren (Chastain), who has become the only person detectives can turn to about a co-worker suspected of murdering patients. The understaffed hospital recently hired Charlie Cullen (Redmayne), a nurse with experience having worked at nine different hospitals. The meek Charlie has become not only a dependable co-worker but Amy’s friend, someone she has allowed into her home, a father figure for her girls. Recent deaths on her floor prompt Amy to do her investigation, which produces disturbing conclusions.

Dustin Chase is a film critic and associate editor with Texas Art & Film, which is based in Galveston. Visit texasartfilm.com.


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