Mary M. (ceresmary) from COLUMBUS, OH Reviewed on 6/5/2011...
Good movie, but in my mind not a owner movie, but a watch and pass on. It doesn't have "legs" in my movie collection, just a good story and pass.
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Jean B. from SEILING, OK Reviewed on 5/5/2009...
this is a wide screen collectors edition dvd .
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Prot: Alien or Delusional Human?
Janet Boyer | Pennsylvania | 12/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was one of those powerful movies that I "took personally"--especially since the blue jay is my totem and the blue jay figures a prominent role in this movie.
Kevin Spacey plays a psychiatric patient named Prot--but Prot claims he's really an alien from the planet K-PAX. Jeff Bridges plays Prot's psychiatrist and is convinced that Prot is delusional. But the Doctor's cynicism soon turns into fascination. Could Prot possibly be an alien? Or is there a perfectly logical, "earthly" reason for Prot's belief that he's an alien?
I don't want to give away any plot points, but this movie is thought provoking and utterly fascinating. You'll be scratching your head at the end--but a part of you will "get" it even if your mind does not. Some mystical themes I enjoyed in this movie is the existence of aliens, the possible messages of aliens, the power of belief in something beyond yourself, and the power of the mind."
To Be or Not to Be........
Frank A. Terry Jr. | Tucson, AZ USA | 04/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some people have complained that this movies ending is ambiguous and the director doesn't tell the audience whether Prot is really from K-Pax or just the delusional Robert Porter. It's true, but that's what I found so fascinating about the movie and it's premise.The story stars two of my favorite actors, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. They put on these roles like a comfortable pair of shoes and it isn't long before we feel we've known them for years. Every actor brings their best work to the show and you can't help but be interested and drawn into the story. Whether you believe Prot is real or Robert Porter is just a very tortured man, there are plenty of ambiguities for everyone.I usually like a movie to be tied up nicely and all the loose ends resolved by the time the credits role. K-Pax is the exception. I appreciated the director laying out the wonderful story with its drama, humor and sadness and letting us draw our own conclusions based on the events as they unfold. Whatever conclusion you arrive at, K-Pax will entertain you with its intelligent script, wonderful actors and must have music."
A Subtle and Imaginative Drama
Kenneth James Michael MacLean | Ann Arbor, MI USA | 09/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This superbly acted drama about an extraterrestrial named Prot, grabbed my attention from beginning to end. Kevin Spacey is rapidly becoming one of our very finest actors. The depth of his performance in this film deserved an Academy Award nomination. Jeff Bridges, as the psychiatrist in charge of Prot, gives another solid performance. This movie works on many levels. Prot claims to have come on a beam of light to earth, and he leaves in the same manner. Like the character in 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance', Prot's consciousness comes in over that of Robert Porter, who is a catatonic. While on earth, Prot solves the perturbations in the orbit of the binary star of K-PAX, disappears for 3 days from a secure facility, and generally displays knowledge that no one on earth could possess. Yet no one will believe Prot is not from earth, despite all of the evidence. This is typical of the human mindset, which disavows anything that is not 'common knowledge'.
At the end of the movie, Porter (Spacey) is in a wheelchair, and Bridges smiles and tells him 'if you are willing to talk, I am always waiting.' The subtle, poignant smile that appears on Spacey's face is masterful, and is in microcosm a portrait of the human experience. It is worth seeing the entire movie just for that last scene. It brought a tear to my eye, I can tell you.
This is a wonderful movie with great depth, wonderfully acted, and it reminds us that there is a big, wide universe out there which we have not even begun to explore."
Kevin Spacey's done it again!
Sully | La Jolla, CA | 11/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once again, Kevin Spacey's done it again!
Like American Beauty, he gives another fine performance.A few months ago, I was one of many to be selected to
preview this movie, and I thought it was just brilliant.
That was for free. Since then, I took my girlfriend to see it
and she agreed as well. And, I'll probably be seeing it again
soon. It's that good.Spacey plays Prot, ("pronounced Prote") an extra-terrestrial
from the planet K-PAX. We find Prot in the middle of GrandCentral Station, where he has just materialized. He's is
asked where he is from, and when he says another planet,
he is whisked away to a state hospital. There, he is examined
by Mark Powell, a local Psychiatrist, played superbly by
Jeff Bridges.(loved him in Thunderbolt and Light Foot and
The Fabulous Baker Boys)At first Powell thinks he is just another space nut, but later
he and we, start to believe that maybe there's more to Prot
than meets the eye. Once again, Spacey gives an extraordinary performance,
sure to garner another Academy Award nomination.
Both times I saw this movie, it kept me leaning forward in
my seat, and when they do that, you know they're interesting.Jeff Bridges, and a very fine supporting cast, helps this movie really deliver.
Outstanding performances by all!Oh, the Planetarium sequence was my favorite scene.
Simply outstanding. It was just as brilliant the second time
around!Beam me up, Kevin!"
flickjunkie | 05/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"K-Pax is a very intriguing film. Is Prot (Kevin Spacey) really an alien, or is he a mentally deranged human who just thinks he is an alien? That is the question that Dr. Powell (Jeff Bridges) must answer before the self proclaimed deadline that Prot sets for his departure from Earth.As the film unfolds and more evidence is uncovered, both theories grow in credibility. His ability to map from memory the area of the galaxy where his home planet is located indicates a knowledge that no human could possibly possess. Yet the hypnosis sessions lead us to a real person with a very real and traumatic life, filled with devastating events that could have caused such a personality aberration. The ending seems to give the answer, but is just ambiguous enough to make you wonder if you really know. Normally, I don't like lady or tiger endings, but this one is tantalizing. I have my own theory that fits all the clues, but I don't know that my theory is any more correct than anyone else's.Director Iain Softley ("Wings of the Dove") spins the tale delicately, with great skill. This is a rare example of the director staying in the shadows and inducing outstanding acting performances out of talented actors to let the story dominate. This is not to say that the directing is technically inferior, because it is excellent, especially the cinematography. However, Softley remains unobtrusive, delivering great power through the use of subtlety, a pleasant change from today's vanguard directors who visually grab and shake the viewer as if to scream, "Look how brilliant I am!"Kevin Spacey once again delivers a marvelous performance as Prot. This is a part that is extraordinarily demanding, requiring Spacey to render the cool and logical Prot one minute, and then switch gears to conjure his tormented alter ego under hypnosis the next. Spacey is so believable as both alien and human, it makes the viewer's task that much more difficult. Jeff Bridges is also terrific as the relentless psychologist who becomes obsessed with learning the truth about Prot.This is inspired storytelling for the thoughtful viewer. I rated it a 9/10. If you must have closure at the end of a film, this movie will be very frustrating. However, if you like a fascinating mystery that keeps you thinking long after the credits, you won't be disappointed."