Orlando Bloom’s THE GOOD DOCTOR Checks Into On DemandJuly 30, 2012

Orlando Bloom’s THE GOOD DOCTOR Checks Into On Demand

Magnolia Pictures

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: THE GOOD DOCTOR (Magnolia Pictures).




He should have just bought her a condo.

By Kate Asche Wilson


Doctors. What’s better than a man saving lives with nothing but his sexiness and fifteen years of education? When you think of doctors you either think of Patrick Dempsey, who loves drama and expensive hair gel, or your actual doctor Joe Leibovitz, who loves golf and his grandmother’s potato salad. However, neither of these two images coincides at all with Dr. Martin Blake of THE GOOD DOCTOR. No. He tends to love murder and dinner parties.

Now if you’re the type that prefers your doctors competent, gorgeous, and in an hour episodic drama THE GOOD DOCTOR might not be the best fit for you. Go have a “Grey’s Anatomy” marathon and treat yourself to a glass of merlot with a side of McSteamy. For the others that enjoy their doctors with ambiguous morality and slight psychosis, stay put. THE GOOD DOCTOR will definitely be the right film for you.


THE GOOD DOCTOR stars Orlando Bloom as the discouraged and underappreciated Dr. Martin Blake. We know Blake is unhappy because we see him sad and alone in his very white apartment making a TV dinner. This is where all depression starts. On top of this already dismal scene Blake is in his first year of residency at the hospital, and gets absolutely no respect from his fellow doctors or nurses. At one point he even has to put in his own patients IV.


This is truly terrible for Blake’s psyche, and he comforts himself by creating an inappropriate bond with his sweet eighteen-year-old patient Diane Nixon (Riley Keough). Diane is suffering from a kidney infection, and is treated miraculously in two minutes. She just needs to keep taking her medication and she’ll be fine. Now it wouldn’t be a drama if there weren’t some family issues thrown in so Blake is of course invited to Diane’s house for a delicious thank you dinner and awkward social interactions.

This is where the film drastically turns into a surprise thriller. I love surprises, but it’s very unnerving to think your watching a feel good family film only to find out there’s been a serial killer hiding in the closet the whole time. Blake, a seemingly normal guy, decides to mess with Diane’s medication in order to put her back in the hospital, and tamper with her treatments.


Why does he do this? The answer is slightly unclear. It might be because he is taking stalking to a new level, or because he has a tremendous God complex, or it could be because he just really wants that infectious disease fellowship. No matter the motivation it’s clear that Blake is bat shit crazy, and his unbalanced personality does not help him when things start to go downhill.

Now it’s time to group my thoughts into The Good, The Bad, and the Creepily Confusing.  


The Good: 

The acting. Now in the middle of fighting pirates and whipping his gorgeous elven hair back and fourth, Orlando Bloom has proven himself to be a very talented actor. THE GOOD DOCTOR is no exception. He captures the essence of Blake perfectly, and has the audience pulling for him despite his antagonistic nature. Any film that gets me to stop staring at his face long enough to listen to the dialogue has hurdled a major feat.

Riley Keough (The Runaways) who plays Diane is also fantastic. She is very natural and believable. I wanted her to end up with Blake, and I had no idea why. The supporting cast which includes Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest) as sassy Nurse Theresa, Rob Morrow (Numb3rs) as the upstanding Dr. Waylans, and Michael Pena (Tower Heist) as the drug addict orderly Jimmy round out the cast nicely, and capture your interest the moment they come on screen.


The Bad:

No Motivation. How in the world can you have a protagonist with no motivation? I don’t understand why Blake wanted to tamper with Diane’s medication. Besides the fact that she was the only person that was nice to him there wasn’t any other solid reason. Yet Blake seemed to get his panties in a bunch over her, and even stole a picture of her from her bedroom. That is serious creeper status Blake. Get your shit together. Could his motivation be because he wanted respect? Sure I guess, but then why did he kiss her when she was basically comatose? I guess we’ll never know.


The Creepily Confusing:

It should be no mystery to you at this point that Blake is one creepy dude. The confusion in the plot does not help this. At the end of the film there are essentially two endings. One has Blake running into the ocean either for a nice swim or a potential suicide. Only that never happened. Wait? What? Also we never know how Blake ends on the morality scale, and that’s just frustrating.

THE GOOD DOCTOR is a thriller that you never expect. It’s shocking at points, and confusing at others, but it always makes you think and question Blake and the true reasoning behind his actions.


It will also make you never want to go to your doctor again.

Ever. Ever. Again. 





- Kate Asche Wilson


Kate Asche Wilson is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE


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