Movie Madness #147: The Good Doctor

How many times a day do doctors play god? They have our fragile lives in their hands with only an oath to “do no harm” and years of training as a backup. But what happens when a doctor becomes obsessed and only his creepy lust for his patient takes over.

Dr. Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom), who has spent his life looking for respect, meets an 18-year-old patient named Diane (Riley Keough), suffering from a kidney infection, and gets a much-needed boost of self-esteem. However, when her health starts improving, Martin fears losing her, so he begins tampering with her treatment, keeping Diane sick and in the hospital right next to him.

What kind of message is this film trying to say? We really never know what happens behind all those closed hospital doors and all the debates that go on regarding our treatment. We also never know who to cheer for in this film. Obviously Orlando Bloom’s character is sick, lonely and obsessed but as the central character it is hard to really get into his mindset.

The movie is a slow burn as Bloom’s character gets more and more in trouble. Will his patient’s parents, the other doctors or nurses finally find him out? This is an interesting¬†conundrum but the pace really never amps up. It is super slow film much like being treated in a hospital.

Sold as a thriller the movie becomes more of a character study and just gives up. It’s a snoozefest and should be avoided.

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So Says the Soothsayer

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