The Patient is a ten-part psychological thriller miniseries developed and written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg. It aired on FX while simultaneously streaming to Hulu.
Alan Strauss (Steve Carell) is a therapist who recently lost his wife Beth (Laura Niemi) and is estranged from his son Ezra (Andrew Leeds). As he works through this, he is seeing a new patient named Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson) who is struggling with some unknown issue. Soon, Alan is knocked unconscious and finds himself chained in a room in Sam’s house. It turns out he is a serial killer living with his mother Candace (Linda Emond). Sam expects Alan to help him as his urges intensify. As the desperation increases, Alan begins hallucinating that he is speaking with his mentor Charlie Addison (David Alan Grier), and starts dreaming of witnessing the Holocaust. As Sam’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Alan must figure out a way to escape.
I want to praise Steve Carell’s performance. What an amazing show of talent as a man who decides to cooperate in order to survive even as his circumstances continue to grow dire. He is talented both comedically and dramatically. He truly brings out the best and it would be criminal for him not to win an award.
As for the story itself, I was glued to the television. I have not felt this way about a show in a long time. It truly works with its story and pushes itself to the limit. The tension, the thrills, and the shocking sequences of a therapist kept prisoner by a patient were formidable. I was so impressed with how good a quality it was and how it was a tragic story.
One surprising thing about the show is how it explores faith. We see how it can divide a family, and become a struggle, but other times how it can get us through the most difficult of circumstances. This was a surprising change of pace as most Hollywood content, whether TV or film, seems to mock the faith of all kinds of people.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong foul language, Brutal Violence, Disturbing sequences involving the Holocaust
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