Film The Good Nurse: The Thrilling True Story of Amy Loughre As a single mother and the mysterious events that come to her


The relation between the body as an object that needs to be healed is inseparable from various interests. As part of the business, the health sector is ambushed by profit ambitions. This issue is present in The Good Nurse (2022).

Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain) is an overwhelmed nurse. As a single mother, this job takes up her life. Of course the children felt that their mother was never there. Coupled with her heart disease which required her to get surgery, at this time Amy’s life is far from rainbows and happiness. Then entered a new nurse named Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne).

Charlie is not only smooth talk but good manners too. He can relate to all of Amy’s problems. Charlie is great to talk to and what’s more he can help Amy with her two kids. Their relationship is an example of how platonic friendship can help one another. Until finally suddenly Amy’s patients began to die one by one due to mysterious things and all the clues point to Charlie.

Lindholm also doesn’t try to make the audience empathize with the villain by providing a sad background story (like most similar stories). As a result, the script created by Krysty Wilson-Caims makes it easier to place where the audience should be.

With a horrendous story base (adapted from the book by Charles Graeber), The Good Nurse will very easily take a more bombastic treatment. The side taken by this filmmaker is a bit more complex and subtler. This film does focus on Charlie Cullen’s crimes, but The Good Nurse also discusses how capitalism blinded the hospital that once employed Cullen. See how difficult it is for the detectives in this film to investigate mysterious death cases just because the hospitals that once employed Cullen refused to cooperate.

This piece by Tobias Lindholm captures the ups and downs of a nurse’s life. This story based on a true story centers on Amy (Jessica Chastain). She experienced several obstacles in life: being separated from her husband, raising two daughters with disabilities, and suffering from a heart disease that was eating her up—compounded by the lack of health insurance.

In the midst of this misfortune, the hospital’s new nurse recruit, Charles (Eddie Redmayne), is empathetic and becomes part of Amy’s support system. However, this relationship is enough to torment Amy when the crimes associated with Charles are slowly being exposed. In the tension between profession and friendship, Amy is squeezed and must choose attitude.


One night, an elderly patient treated by Amy is unable to pass through a critical period. There is an abnormal insulin hormone in the body that causes cases of death. Under the pretext of prioritizing internal investigative procedures, seven weeks after death, the hospital just reported it—as a form of formality. With cremated bodies, it is difficult for detectives to unravel the veil of truth—similar to enforcing wet threads.

This attitude that ignores the code of ethics and empathy for the patient’s family was chosen by the hospital to save his “face” and all his business interests. As a result, instead of helping the investigation, the various documents and information provided by the hospital to the detectives were incomplete. This condition sparks a strained relationship between the hospital and detectives.

In this tension, the investigation began to get a bright spot when a new death case that was no less suspicious was found. In the puzzle that is still blurry, Charles, Amy’s colleague who just started working at the hospital, is suspected. From the data collected, there are nine hospitals that have employed him. The entire hospital declined to comment. In the name of secrecy, Charles was untouchable.

Based on that story, this thriller genre film is present in an alluring way. Through The Good Nurse, like a sick body, Lindholm skillfully “diagnosed” that the health sector has many problems that need to be “cured”: the welfare of health workers, ethical and legal codes, and the shackles of business interests. These “diseases” are described as chronic. Besides that, the “immunity” that a hospital has can in fact “destroy” itself.

Empathy and Crime

In this story, the characterization of Charles is very paradoxical. As a nurse figure, he has the heart to commit premeditated murder of his patients. On the other hand, he is shown as a man who really cares about his colleague, Amy, and the two girls he just met. Therefore, the crimes he committed were beyond the understanding of Amy and the detective team, even Charles himself. This is illustrated through the climax of the scene: Charles is lost for words when explaining the motives of his crimes—which are played charmingly by Eddie.

Regarding the crime, the value of Charles’s empathy as a person—especially as a nurse—is questioned. In Charles’ case, the presence of empathy can be linked to a person’s stressful state. The higher the stress level, the lower the empathy score—and vice versa. Therefore empathy is not constant. This condition can also occur in health workers, including Charles. The complexity of the problems that Charles experienced caused him to have a deficit of empathy. Like Amy, she experiences various obstacles in life: a failed relationship with her partner, custody of children she doesn’t have, and intractable psychiatric problems.

Meanwhile, Charles’ empathy for Amy is based more on the similarity of fate and background. In this case, the more similar backgrounds, the higher the value of someone’s empathy—so did Charles. In the storytelling, both share the same fate: nurses who have experienced a sense of separation from their respective partners and have two children who need to be raised. Meanwhile, the distant relationship between Charles and his patients makes him lose empathy and compassion.

Thus, The Good Nurse (2022) does not only examine issues in the health sector, but also interprets the value of empathy and crime. This film, which includes the acting of Jessica Chastain & Eddie Redmayne, also shows the sacrifices of nurses in carrying out their duties – including losing a lot of time with their families because their calling to others is so strong.