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‘The Nurse’ (2023) Netflix Series Review - A Haunting Journey Through the Dark Side of Medicine

The show follows a series of mysterious deaths in a hospital, leading to suspicion falling on a nurse who may or may not be responsible

Anjali Sharma - Thu, 27 Apr 2023 06:20:02 +0100 5230 Views
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The Nurse is an intense crime-thriller series that deals with the heavy themes of betrayal, trust, and justice. Directed by Kasper Barfoed, the show revolves around a nurse at Nykøbing Falster Hospital, Christina Aistrup Hansen (played by Josephine Park), who is accused of deliberately killing patients.


As the murder case unfolds, several co-workers reveal that they also suspect Hansen of poisoning patients but haven't spoken out until now. Based on the true story of Hansen, who was sentenced to 12 years for four counts of attempted murder in 2017, The Nurse delivers a gut-wrenching, eerie portrayal of the events that transpired.


Right from the first 5 minutes of the show, the viewers are hooked. The direction, music, and lighting in these initial scenes are masterful in building tension and setting the stage for the thrilling ride ahead. The panning shots, frantic cuts, and transitions paired with the perfect sounds, from thuds to sirens, all on the beat, create an ominous environment akin to impending doom. The use of dark and cold lighting adds to the theme of horror and mystery. The opening sequence gives a deep understanding of what is to come and does not disappoint.


The show takes place in the hectic environment of an emergency ward, where the stakes are high, and life-and-death decisions are made every day. Amidst the chaos and mystery, there are some wacky moments that entertain the viewers, such as chest compressions being done to the beat of "I Will Survive" and a sack race between some of the nurses. However, the show's real strength lies in its ability to make the viewers care about the characters, who are endearing within a span of a few minutes.


The first episode lays the groundwork for the mystery, introducing the characters and their motivations. The pacing for each episode is perfect, with a masterful blend of emotional tension and action, quiet time on the sides, mental reflection, and mystery. The disturbing revelations are revealed starting from the second episode, which keeps you on the edge of your seats.


The acting is top-notch, especially by Fanny Bernth, who portrays Pernille, the nurse who suspects Christina of deliberately killing patients. Bernth's acting is subtle, yet she manages to convey her character's frustration at not being believed, her adorable chemistry with Dr. Neils (Peter Zandersen), and her fierce protectiveness of her patients. Her trauma at losing them is also portrayed beautifully.


The writing is effective and clear, with two juggling timelines that are brilliantly connected. The dots are connected, and the story flows seamlessly, leaving no loose ends. The conversations feel natural and serve to move the story forward. The show manages to tie everything together in a satisfying way, and the epilogue brings everything full circle in a beautiful moment.


One minor issue with the show is that sometimes the sequence/transition of scenes feels jarring or confusing, leaving the viewer wondering why a particular scene could not have been shown earlier when the related sequence was going on. Additionally, some scenes feel unnecessary or do not add much to the story.


This is a story that makes you question the very fabric of our society and our institutions. It makes you wonder how many more people like Hansen are out there, hiding in plain sight, waiting to harm the very people who trust them the most. It's a harsh reminder of the darkness that can reside in the hearts of even the most trusted professionals.


Ultimately, The Nurse is a gripping and haunting crime-thriller that leaves a lasting impact. With expert direction, masterful storytelling, and top-notch acting, the show takes you on a thrilling ride through the dark world of betrayal and trust. It seamlessly blends different timelines and emotions, leaving no loose ends and delivering a satisfying, yet heartbreaking ending. The Nurse is more than just a show; it's a visceral experience that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.


Final Score- [8.5/10]
Reviewed by - Anjali Sharma
Follow @AnjaliS54769166 on Twitter
Publisher at Midgard Times
Note: All 4 episodes are screened for this review.
Premiere Date: April 27, 2023, on Netflix

 

 

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