More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “The Good Doctor,” which — SPOILER ALERT — is about a doctor who is actually kinda not that great.
Director: Lancy Daly
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough, Rob Morrow
Official Synopsis: “Martin Blake (Bloom) is an ambitious but anxious young doctor, eager to impress his superiors and colleagues: Chief Resident Waylans (Morrow), self-assured fellow intern Dan (Troy Garity) and no-nonsense nurse Theresa (Taraji P. Henson). But things are not going Martin’s way and he can’t seem to shake off his insecurities. When 18-year-old patient Diane (Keough) is admitted for a kidney infection, Martin steps in, getting the much-needed boost of self-esteem he craves. But things take a dark turn as his enthusiasm begins to become an obsession.”
“Bloom seems to relish [this] opportunity, delivering a solid performance in what proves to be a creepy, darkly funny bit of entertainment.”
“It’s a character study grafted onto a thriller and not only is Bloom game, but he brings with him an unusual group of collaborators that make it unsettling in all the right ways.”
“Could become a dark-horse favorite for fans of macabre thrillers.”
“Deftly creates a disturbing, Chabrol-like tension that plays on immediate identification with the handsome medico’s lonely, shy vulnerability and slow-building horror at the depths to which his self-delusion can sink.”
“It’s a film stronger in the moment than in the rear-view mirror.”
“The Good Doctor” is now available on VOD, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube. It opens in limited release on August 31st.