K-PAX (2001)

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K-PAX (2001)
  • Time: 120 min
  • Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Iain Softley
  • Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack

Storyline:

Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

One review

  • Few actors can play off-the-wall quite as well as Kevin Spacey. On the one hand he’s the most ‘normal’ looking of actors but then there is always that smile that says ‘I know more than you do’, the intonation in the voice that says ‘I have a secret’ and eyes that seem to look right through you. So when in this movie he says he’s an alien from the Planet K-Pax you don’t rush to disbelieve him; at least the psychiatrist assigned to his case doesn’t. The premise is, of course, totally ludicrous yet Iain Softley’s film is wholly convincing. I mean, if Kevin Spacey told me I was an alien from the Planet K-Pax I’d probably believe him.

    This is a classy entertainment, in some respects not too far removed from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with Spacey as a kind of Randall P. McMurphy figure whose influence on his fellow patients is considerably more benign and beneficial than that of the doctor’s treating them, but in place of Nurse Ratchid we have Jeff Bridges’ kindly psychiatrist, and Bridges is superb. There is something wonderfully grounded about him. He is highly intelligent and utterly anchored at the same time, the smart, likable boy-next-door who’s made good.

    Ultimately however it is Spacey’s film. It’s a genuine tour-de-force, taking a real actor’s delight in knowing just how good he is and just how good his material is. He ups the ante on what is already a first-rate film and if the final revelations err a little too much on the predictable at least the journey to them is worthwhile and finally very moving.

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