The Patient (2o22)
Directors: Chris Long (episodes 1,2, 8-10); Kevin Bray (episodes 3-5); Gwyneth Horder-Payton (episodes 6,7)
Teleplay: Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg
Stars: Steve Carell, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Niemi and David Alan Grier.
Dr. Alan Strauss (Carroll) is a psychotherapist who one morning wakes up in the basement of a strange house. A chain is padlocked to his leg and a bolt in the cement floor. Dr. Strauss soon learns that his captor is Sam Fortner (Gleeson). Fortner is a serial killer who believes that Dr. Strauss can cure him of the compulsion to kill.
Thoughts (Beware of spoilers)…
What a great setup for a limited series. If Strauss cures Fortner, Strauss is a liability because of his knowledge of the murders. If Strauss can’t cure Fortner, there’s no reason to keep him alive. It’s a game of cat and mouse and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
I was a little hesitant that Steve Carroll was the dramatic lead because of his role as Michael Scott from The Office. I shouldn’t have worried. Carroll was excellent, as is Laura Niemi who plays Sam’s mother. She’s aware that her son is a serial killer, but cannot bring herself to turn him in. David Alan Grier (another comedian) shows his dramatic chops.
The real surprise to me was Domhnall Gleeson. What a performance! Definitely worthy of an Emmy. While I had seen Gleeson in a few films (True Grit, Dredd and The Revenant), I had no idea of how good an actor he is.
I liked that The Patient was written as series of ten episodes. Because it was a limited series all bets were off as to who would live or die. Expect some surprises along the way.
The Patient earns 5 of 5 stars.