The Final Patient Review
By Christopher Null
Wow, at first I thought this was going to be a run of the mill horror flick. Maybe a ghost or a serial killer in the fields. But no.
Veteran actor Bill Cobbs is at the center of this curiosity, which begins with a 74-year-old Daniel Green (Cobbs), a former doctor, singlehandedly lifting a tractor that's fallen on the leg of a boy outside his house. No one in the rural town believes it, but two medical students take an interest in the case and begin probing Green for details. The results are far from expected. Over beers at his house, Green discusses a mystical book that has taught him the secrets of strength and the snake venom he consumes. Less is spoken of the crazy woman in the attic and the mountains of butterscotch candies in the china cabinet.
Cobbs is, as always, deeply impressive in his role, no matter how random and ultimately silly the script is. I can't say the same for the rest of the cast: To a one they all perform like they were plucked off the street, giving some of the worst line readings I've seen in years.
The story itself is of course absurd, but somehow Cobbs makes you want to watch it if only to hear a few more of his stories. Whether or not he feeds the med students to his wife upstairs is almost beside the point.
Facts and Figures
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Cast & Crew
Producer: Michael J. Mainardi
Screenwriter: Jerry Mainardi, Michael J. Mainardi
Starring: Bill Cobbs as Dr. Daniel Green, Alex Feldman as Cameron Streckman, Jason Scott Campbell as Willy Jenkins, Lizan Mitchell as Elizabeth Green, Guy Boyd as Sheriff McKnee