|THE GOOD DOCTOR (director:
Lance Daly; screenwriter: John Enbom; cinematographer: Yaron
Orbach; editor: Emer Reynolds;
music: Brian Byrne; cast: Orlando Bloom (Dr.
Martin Blake), Riley Keough (Diane
Nixon), Taraji P. Henson (Nurse
Theresa), Rob Morrow (Dr. Waylans),
J. K. Simmons (Detective Krauss), Troy Garity (Intern
Dan Page), Michael Peña (Jimmy),
Wade Williams (Mr. Nixon), Molly Price (Mrs. Nixon), Sorel
Carradine (Valerie Nixon), Gary Cervantes
(Mr. Sanchez), Nathan Keyes (Rich); Runtime: 90;
MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Jonathan King; Magnolia
"A Dr. Kildare drama gone berserk on meds."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Kildare drama gone berserk on meds. Lance Daly
("Kisses"/"The Halo Effect"/"Last Days in Dublin")
helms a weird story set in a busy metropolitan
hospital that tells of an ambitious, arrogant, uptight
young resident in internal medicine, Dr. Martin Blake
(Orlando Bloom), who hopes to get ahead by impressing
his superiors and tells his boss he became a doctor
because it would get the upstart respect in society. It's
written by John Enbom, who keeps the thriller
somewhat orderly with a medical malpractice story
until it ups the ante to murder and then shows it
doesn't have a commitment to end it without leaving
the psycho protagonist dangling without a resolution.
Martin Blake is a quiet Englishman, living in an
all-white nondescript modern beach apartment, who does
his residency at a Southern California hospital. When
an officious nurse, Theresa (Taraji P.
Henson), complains of his illegible
handwriting over orders, Martin tells his boss, the
chief of staff, Dr. Waylans (Rob
Morrow), "that in spite of his degrees, she
treats me like I’m just some nobody." When the doctor
is blamed for a mistake in his treatment of a
non-English speaking Mexican patient (Gary
Cervantes), he recovers his confidence
when it's proven to be another staff member's mistake.
The socially awkward doctor is smitten with a pretty
18-year-old high school student patient, Diane
Nixon (Riley Keough), whom
he is treating for a urinary-tract infection. The
scared teen is grateful for his comforting help and
idolizes him, but when she's discharged and stands him
up on a dinner date arranged by her parents--going out
instead with her popular high school boyfriend (Nathan
Keyes), the rejected lonely-heart doctor finds a
tricky way to sabotage her medicines in her bathroom
medicine cabinet and gets her back in the hospital
under his care.
the good doctor is threatened with exposure to his
superiors for his unethical patient-doctor behavior by
loud-mouth drug abuser orderly Jimmy (Michael
Peña), Blake cracks and uses his
doctor skills to get rid of the smarmy blackmailer in
a dramatic way by inducing a cyanide poisoning attack
in the hospital.
thriller's best parts are showing how the
timorous egotistical Blake goes from a
seemingly sane careerist-orientated doctor to a
homicidal madman without any
reservations about carrying out his deranged urges.
flawed because the character-study story of an upward
mobile loner with undetected psychological issues has
little probing depth, nevertheless its
chilling murder scenes are a gas and should
leave the viewer with a creepy feeling for hospitals.
REVIEWED ON 12/12/2012 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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