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||Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary
||They'd probably get bored.
It's mostly a drama.
||It's a good movie for couples.
||There is some gory stuff towards
||Nothing really stands out.
||When Prot goes to Dr. Mark's
house, one kid says "He looks like Data."
The other kid says "Yea, that's right, embarrass
him." Also, towards the end, one of the patients
says something about another patient named Bess, to which
other patient simply replies "Bitch."
||Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin,
Robert F. Colesberry
Ah, the age old question: Are we alone in the
universe? "K-PAX" doesnít really give us any answers,
but if you are looking for a good, thought-provoking drama "K-PAX"
will give you just that, but if youíre looking for an
"X-Files" episode, youíd better just stay home and wait
for the season premiere.
A Movie Review
In "K-PAX" we get Kevin Spacey as Prot. Prot
mysteriously appears one day in Union Station, in good olí New
York City, and is arrested when, well, he tries to help a lady who
just got robbed. Alright, the police arenít just arresting people
willy-nilly, they ask Prot where he came from, and when he tells
them from another planet, well, itís off to the psychiatric
hospital for our man Prot. Eventually Prot gets assigned to Dr. Mark
Powell (Jeff Bridges), who at first figures Prot is just a normal
mental case, but Prot is very convincing in his describing his home
planet, K-PAX, and even Dr. Mark begins to wonder if Prot is telling
the truth. So counseling begins, Prot becomes even more convincing,
but Prot also begins to interact with the other patients, telling
them that he will be able to bring one of them back with him when he
returns to K-PAX. Prot also begins to help the other patients deal
with their mental issues, better actually than the other doctors,
and between his talk of his home planet and his being able to help
others in a different way, what is Dr. Mark to do but ask his
brother-in-law for help.
You see, his brother-in-law is an astronomer-type dude, and he
gives the Doc a list of questions to ask Prot, and mysteriously Prot
gets them all correct. Then the Doc rounds up some more
astronomer-type dudes and Prot astonishes all of them with detailed
information about his planetís solar system, so much so he even
fixes some of the problems they were having in putting things all
together. Ah, Protís case is strengthened, all until the good
doctor has Prot over for his 4th of July picnic. Prot
seems fine, all until the kids start playing in the sprinkler, and
then Doc Mark starts to see a side showing Prot is really just a
delusional, a good delusional at that.
Putting the pieces together, to the almost end of the movie, it
appears Prot is really just blocking a past experience, but what
kind of mystical movie would that be if we found out Prot was just a
man with a messed-up past. Nope, letís toss in an "hmm"
type of ending and in the end, you really just donít know.
So what works in "K-PAX?" Kevin Spacey and Jeff
Bridges. Both put on great performances, Spacey great as the
totaling convincing delusional while Bridges just comes off as so
confused that we are confused as well. Also working well in the
movie is the cast of characters in the psychiatric ward, all hoping
to get out of the loony bin without having to get better. The movie
will make you wonder with Dr. Mark if Prot really is from another
planet, become convinced that he is just delusional, but you want to
see, along with the rest of the hospital staff, what is going to
happen at sunrise on July 27th, the time Prot says he is
returning to his planet.
In the end "K-PAX" gives us a really good drama with
some cute elements to bring us along. If thatís what youíre
looking for, youíll enjoy the movie, but if you want some spooky,
scary aliens, this ainít it. Itís 4 stars out of 5 for "K-PAX."
Go ahead and pay full price and bring the girlfriend with you.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!