By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn't hesitate to trust your life with. But by night, her real work begins...using her smoldering sexuality she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby's actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you'd least expect to justice.
I'm such a sucker for these types of movies. With a title like 'Nurse 3D' that has the sexy Paz De La Huerta in a nurse uniform in bright red lipstick with the title sprayed in blood, I can pretty much assume that this is going to be my type of movie. It's been a while since we had a good horror film that involved nurses. I only wish my expectations were met though, but unfortunately they weren't. The studio execs got the second assistant director from one of the 'Resident Evil' sequels (Doug Aarniokoski) and the writer of 'Passenger 57' to make this a full fledged movie.
If that doesn't sound strange enough, the cast is even weirder. 'Nurse 3D' starts out very well, and if it only went the route that it showed us in its opening scene, it would have been one of those amazing midnight films you would want to watch with your friends once a month. But alas, that is not the case here, which is sad, because I was really hoping it was going to be. The first frame of the film is a title card that explains how there are a high number of people who are serial killers by night and work in the medical field by day, it then cuts to Abby (Paz) narrating that she despises men who cheat on their wives and that she is on this planet to kill these scum. If this was the premise of the whole movie, I'd sign up, no questions asked.
We see Abby at a night club in a killer outfit, luring a man who removes his wedding ring before talking to Abby. She takes him up to the roof of the club and distracts him with her mouth, as she slices his femoral artery and pushes his body off the building. I kept asking the same question over and over. Why couldn't they have just stuck with this story? It could have been a lot of fun, gory, and hilarious. But they didn't. Back at the hospital, Abby is the veteran nurse and is watching her apprentice Danni (Katrina Bowden) graduate to become a full fledged nurse. Then Kathleen Turner shows up out of nowhere to give Danni here nursing pin. My jaw dropped and I thought, "back in the day, Turner would have been excellent for the role of Abby", as I thought of the movie 'Serial Mom'.
We soon figure out that Abby is more than just professionally interested in Danni, but sexually interested in her. When Danni is yelled at by the head doctor in charge of the hospital (Judd Nelson, told you it's weird), for making a mistake on her first day, Danni calls her boyfriend Steve (Crobin Bleu) instead of talking her issues out with Abby, which infuriates her. Abby stalks Danni for a while and ends up showering with her in the nurse locker room. The two head out for a night of drinking during which they see Danni's stepfather cheating on Danni's mother with some other woman.
Meanwhile, Abby drugs Danni and they have an orgy that night. From here on out, it is a cat and mouse game of Danni trying to piece together who Abby really is and her strange behavior, which backfires on her when a police detective is brought into the mix. This all finally culminates in what we wanted through the whole movie, which is a bloody killing spree by Abby. It's just sad that it took over an hour to get there. For some reason, Niecy Nash (Deputy Raineesha Williams from 'Reno 911') shows up as one of the nurses throughout the film as well, and doesn't play an integral part, but proves just how strange the casting is here. If the script would have just stayed with Abby murdering cheating men and having sex with people, all would have been well with this movie, but instead they chose to make Abby have feelings for Danni for no real reason and stalk her through the whole movie.
Bowden does a decent job here with Judd Nelson making me laugh every time he was on screen. Paz seemed to be on morphine though and couldn't deliver a line well enough to save her life. Sure she is very pretty, but I've seen better work from her. Don't worry, there is some good gore and blood here and a whole lot of nudity from Paz, who seems to be naked in just about everything she does. Hey, I'm not complaining. And since 3D is in the title of this movie, there are plenty of pop-out moments of people getting impaled and blood being thrown on the screen. I just wish this was a better and more thought-out story.
'Nurse 3D' comes with a great 1080p HD transfer presented in 2.40:1 aspect ratio. There is only one disc in this release with options to view the film in 3D or 2D. If you view the movie 3D, you will be surprised to see a fairly bright image. Since the director filmed his movie in a bunch of highly lit settings, including scenes with a lot of florescent lights, the image really pops most of the time.
The detail is very sharp and vivid, revealing very fine closeups of each actor's face and the great textures in the uniforms they wear. During some of the lower lit scenes, the image goes a little soft, giving these night time scenes a dull look. The colors are for the most part well-saturated with great whites and reds. The earthy colors also look good here too, and everything has a realistic color tone to it. The skin tones looks natural and the black levels run deep and inky. The 3D looks very good here.
The film has a great sense of depth as the filmmakers constructed each scene with pieces of furniture, objects, and extras all over the screen to give you a sense of realistic depth. There are some fun pop-out effects including our main character pointing surgical knives at us, gore, and people getting impaled. This is a solid video presentation.
This release comes with a good lossless DTS-HD 5.1 audio mix. While some scenes are very loud and robust, other scenes sound too soft, where you can barely understand what the actors are saying. The heavier action scenes pack a good punch in the club scene and when Abby is doing her evil deeds, but when two people are engaging in a conversation, I found myself turning up the volume each time to hear what the actors were saying, then turning the volume back down when a situation arose.
There are some really good sound effects that pour out of the surrounds quite often and there is some good directionality with voices. The dialogue is crystal clear, but feels a little suppressed at times. The score adds to the suspense throughout and never drowns out the dialogue or sound effects. This is a good audio presentation, but not great.
Audio Commentary - Director Doug Aarniokoski delivers quite a good commentary track that discusses some of the technical aspects of making this 3D movie, as well as some fun stories while on set. He even talks about how Paz caused some reshoots due to her forgetting parts of her costume. This is a fun and solid commentary track.
Bad Medicine: The Making of 'Nurse 3D' (HD, 8 mins.) - Here is a funny and standard behind the scenes featurette with cast and crew interviews, on-set footage, and clips from the movie. You'll get a couple of laughs from this.
Video Diaries (HD, 6 mins.) - Here are some mildly interesting video clips of Katrina Bowden and Corbin Bleu on set. Not much to see here.
'Nurse 3D' isn't terrible, but it fails to live up for what it truly could be, considering the opening scene of the film and the climax are a lot of fun. I just wish they would have gone that route. There are a lot of fun characters and great actors that play them. Add to that the blood, gore, and some good 3D, and you have a passably fun film. Just not one you'll want to watch over and over. The video is very good, but the audio could have been a little better. There are a couple of good extras here too. Some of you might be expecting something different here, so I am going to recommend you rent this before purchasing.