Do aliens really exist ? Or are they just a concept that movies like to tease us with, just to titivate our minds and captivate our souls. God knows! Or better yet, nurses, doctors, astronautical personal, and psychiatrists. Yep. I said 'psychiatrist'. As seen in this film Directed by Iain Softley; and Starring: Kevin Spacey with Jeff Bridges. It was made in 2001, and lasts for 121 minutes.
K-Pax : The Film - The Book
OK, so what would you do if some chap wearing sun-glasses named Prot (Kevin Spacey), popped up out of nowhere, and then claimed that he was a extraterrestrial from the planet 'K-Pax'?
Correct. You'd send this nutter to a Psychiatric Institute as soon as possible.
However, what would you do if this said same nutter, Prot, was also able to provide precise answers to questions about himself, K-Pax, the stars, and somehow managed to have a calming affect on the patients around him as well? That's what his psychiatrist, Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges), wants to know, when he begins to evaluate him at the Institute.
Oh! And do you know what is even strange still? Is that every time Mark queries Prot's summations with people associated with the field he's talking about -- astrophysicists for example -- not only is he correct in what he says, but he also reveals something that leads them to finding out more able the universe.
Ha! No wonder his fellow patients believe Prot when he promises to take one of them with him when he returns to his home-world of K-Pax -- the date, July 27th.
Though, Mark believes that this date is connected to Prot's life somehow, signifying to him that this was when Prot most probably suffered a severe psychological trauma, causing his current state of mind to be what it is. Therefore, Mark then decides to regress Prot with hypnosis, just so he can glean information on who he was and where he came from -- a session at a time.
And do you know what? Mark's gambit works! He discovers that Prot is a man called Robert Porter who was presumed dead since July 27, after attempting suicide due to his wife and daughter being murdered by a mad-man. But, I am afraid to say, that when Mark confronts Prot with this knowledge, he just dismisses it, claiming that Robert is ‘not he’.
Huh? Though that is most probably why what next transpires commences on the date in question – July 27. As aliens rise - humans fall - revelations are made - and nothing is really real on this old mud-ball.
Alright, I have to confess, that 'K-Pax' is a film that is very hard to classify. I know that I've filed it under science-fiction myself. But then again I suppose I could have also filed it under drama, mystery, adventure, or even comedy. Now I say all of this because in some strange way this movie is a science-fiction bent narrative with dramatic, adventurous, dramatic, and mysterious overtones to it.
Personally speaking of course, I feel that this flick doesn't want to put itself 'into a box' really. Though why should it, huh? I find that the genesis of this film -- just like it's classification -- is all about the nature of perception. Well, why should we -- as a society -- just label everything we see just because it’s the done thing to do?
No - I don’t think so either.
Anyway, enough about what this film isn't. What about what this film is? Is is any good or what?
No question about
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