... movie reviews
sun 2005-oct-16 12:20:10 pdt
Yesterday we watched the strangely-titled Panic. I'd
never heard of it before, but based on the description -- something
like, "a hitman (William H. Macy) having a midlife crisis starts
seeing a therapist (John Ritter), and falls in love with another
patient (Neve Campbell)" -- I thought it sounded interesting, though
my expectations were not high. It actually turned out to be quite
I think I've generally seen William H. Macy in supporting roles; not
sure if I've seen him as the central character of anything. But in
any case, the idea of him playing a hitman struck me as humorously
incongruous when I heard the plot summary. But his character turns
out to be fairly similar to other roles he's played in how he relates
to other people, if not in occupation. And he really makes the story
believable even though when you think about it, it's fairly absurd.
The boy who plays his son is also great. He's the actor who later
played the kid in The Ring. Also good performances by Donald
Sutherland (as Macy's father) and Neve Campbell.
Anyway, the story drew me in. The premise could have been "hitman
sees a therapist, hilarity ensues", but it didn't go that route. And
that was a good thing.