The Patient stars Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson in a psychological thriller from the Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, creators of The Americans. Sidenote: If you’ve not seen The Americans, you need to.
The 10 episode series follows Alan Strauss (Carell), a well-regarded psychotherapist who helps a troubled young man, Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson), navigate complex emotions.
However, Sam takes Strauss hostage, and reveals himself to be a serial killer, and asks the doctor to curb him if his homicidal urges. The experience unearths demons and traumas of his own, blurring the line between the patient and therapist.
Alone in captivity, Alan struggles with his own past through memories of his old therapist, Charlie. He also wrestles with his own troubles which include the recent death of his wife, Beth and the estrangement from his son, Ezra.
Over the course of his imprisonment, Alan uncovers not only how deep Sam’s compulsion runs, but also how much work he has to do to repair the rift in his own family.
He’s Not Just Gru
For me, Steve Carell often makes interesting career choices and it’s good to see him often take on alternative roles away from comedy. Whether it’s eccentric lunatic John du Pont in Foxcatcher, the straight talking Mark Baum in The Big Short to #MeToo ‘victim’ Mitch Kessler on the Morning Show, Carell is a breath of fresh air.
It would have been quite easy for him to just stick with comedy roles and get type cast (and feel the ire of Mickey Rourke) but he’s successfully mixed it up and good for him. Steve Carell + the creators of The Americans = Eggy is tuning in.
The Patient begins streaming on Hulu on August 30 (which is also my birthday). Watch the trailer below: