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Amazon.co.uk Review A wonderfully fresh, original piece of work, K-Pax is a film that manages to combine a variety of genres while still maintaining its own unique identity. The premise of alien life on earth may not be a new one, but Ian Softley's movie is a startling new take on the subject. Spacey's Prot is picked up by the police and, when he claims to be a traveller from the planet K-Pax, is delivered to the care of psychiatrist Jeff Bridges. The intense relationship that develops between the two forms the core of the film, as Bridges searches for the truth about his mysterious patient while also gaining valuable insights into his own life. The movie's great strength is that it keeps the audience guessing up until the very end, refusing to offer them an obvious, tidy conclusion. Spacey is, as ever, fantastic, playing the kind of charismatic oddball that brought him such acclaim in American Beauty and The Usual Suspects. He manages to embody the themes of the film perfectly, imbuing his character with both a rich humanity and an eerie otherworldliness. Bridges (20 years after he played the role of an alien in Starman) is a revelation, reasserting his position as one of Hollywood's great unsung actors. Softley handles the film with precision, with each revelation from Prot's past adding to the mystery of the story, countering the film's dark, moving moments with episodes of real humour and warmth. DVD Description When a man arrives in New York, calling himself Prot and claiming to be from the planet K-PAX, the police turn him over to a psychiatrist Dr Powell, believing him to be insane. Prot's behaviour is unusual and his claims unbelievable, but as time runs out, Powell finds that the truth may be even stranger.
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Whilst the idea of life from another planet is not a new subject to be explored by films, K-Pax approaches it from a unique perspective. The film is genuinely suspenseful, and it is one of the rare films that is so well scripted that I did not see the "twist" coming at all. The film proceeds at a good pace, whilst still exploring all the issues in depth. The end is truly moving and memorable.
Kevin Spacey is once again superb in this film. He was originally offered the role of Mark, but turned it down as when he read the script it was Prot he set his heart on playing. It is easy to see why, as he really is a wonderful character and one which of all actors out there Spacey was born to play. He is very convincing as Prot and makes the character wholly believable. He builds up Prot's disturbance masterfully throughout the film and interacts brilliantly with the other characters. He also manages to force down a whole banana (skin and all - Prot loves fruit), which really is dedication to the part! Jeff Bridges is also excellent as the psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with Prot. The exchanges between the two central characters are the best parts of the film, which is funny, moving and inspirational all in one. The two actors work extremely well together.
K-Pax really is a beautiful film.Read more ›
Kevin Spacey is mesmeric in his performance as 'Prot', a mental hospital patient who just may be what he says he is - a visitor from the planet K-PAX.
Jeff Bridges brings his usual multi-layers of depth to the role of Prot's psychiatrist. Seeing these two top-draw character actors complement each other is a rare treat.
But without great material, actors cannot perform - and thankfully, the script is witty, intelligent, thought-provoking and full of warmth. It's the kind of film made for a sunny winter's sunday afternoon, with a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits. And plenty of time to fall headlong into Prot's world.
The DDVD package is pretty decent - the alternate ending shows how good the choices the director made were. Cast interviews are a little happy clappy, but director Iain softley's commentary is as intelligent as the movie itself.
It's a great film, and really deserves very wide recognition.
I don't feel that the story is open ended, as there are many clues (some more subtle than others) as to the truth about who/what Prot actually is. I won't spoil things by saying any more here, but if you missed the point first time round, have another look at it and take note of Prot's explanations and jokes about himself when being interview by the Doctor early on in the film, and what he says with regard to the photo of Robert Porter, near the end.
To sum up: If you haven't seen this film, you don't know what you're missing! If you have and didn't understand it - please watch it again! If you don't like it, then I guess no film can please everybody. Personally, I'd give it a galaxy of stars (sorry, couldn't resist it). Simply brilliant.
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If you enjoy sci-fi that is intellectually challenging and requires you to ponder and think then, this is the finest sci-fi film ever made.Published 17 days ago by pietbergy
This is a superbly acted mystery which asks a lot of thought provoking questions. A very gentle and sombre film. A must watch.Published 3 months ago by ACM
Brilliant, insightful with a twist...fascinating story with clever and sensitive acting from the two lead actors.Published 6 months ago by J. LEE-SMITH
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