director Doug Aarniokoski
“Hello, Nurse!” said I when first I saw the posters of Pas de la Huerta in fetishistic nursing gear, or alternatively nude and covered in blood.
Or some such thing.
I caught Pas de la Huerta in Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control (2009) (where she was cast as “Nude”) and also in Gaspar Noé’s mesmerizing Enter the Void (2009) and thought to myself that I had found another actress on which to focus my appreciations. Only Ms. de la Huerta went onto television’s Boardwalk Empire and didn’t end up making a whole lot of movies since then.
So, Nurse looked like exactly the kind of thing I’d wanted to see: de la Huerta in a starring role, in a horror comedy of sorts, running around nekkid a lot.
Nurse is the story of Abby (de la Huerta) a nurse by day, serial killer by all times, whose focus is entirely on cheating men. Really she is a sort of reverse misogynist. And thusly also an anti-hero, I suppose. She falls for a new co-worker named Danni (Katrina Brown) but after drugging her and taking advantage of her (including taking tons of blackmail photos), she is spurned and the plot has thickened into a more complex revenge.
The movie is not very good. Which is not really surprising. Abby is really a pretty nasty piece of work and though I think she’s meant to be somewhat sympathetic, she’s also really not sympathetic at all, but completely ruthless and evil. Which I think falls on the writing and directing really.
It also features one of my personal pet peeves, digitized blood-letting. I like a gory film but I like my fluids non-digital. Digitized blood looks cheaper than it probably is to produce.
And as for Paz herself. It’s hard to know how good/bad of an actress she is. She’s certainly got a lot more screentime and dialogue in this film than the other two I mentioned, but her character is sort of inscrutable. Sometimes funny, sometimes relatable, often just mean and cruel.
So, Nurse was a bit of a wash for me. I’ve read they’re planning a sequel.