K-PAX

  • 12
  • Iain Softley (2001)
  • US
  • 115 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

The prospect of class acts Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges going head-to-head here is a delicious one, especially in what is essentially a talky two-hander about a mysterious stranger (Spacey) claiming to be a visitor from the planet K-PAX and the psychologist who attempts to crack his "delusional" state. Unfortunately, the story doesn't match their performances; once the seed of doubt has been sown in Bridges's mind that perhaps the zen-like Spacey really is from another planet, the film collapses in on itself. British director Iain Softley (The Wings of a Dove) and screenwriter Charles Leavitt also attempt to have their cake and eat it, by lifting from films such as One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Starman (in which Bridges was the alien). The final result is bloodless, touchy-feely schmaltz that's well beneath all concerned.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi fantasy drama starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. A mysterious stranger called Prot fetches up in New York's Grand Central Station and claims to be a visiting alien from the planet K-PAX. Following Prot's admission to a psychiatric institute, it falls to Dr Mark Powell to get to the bottom of what appears to be a delusional state. But Prot is not all that he seems, as everyone whose life he touches discovers.

Cast and crew

Cast

Prot
Kevin Spacey
Dr Mark Powell
Jeff Bridges
Rachel Powell
Mary McCormack
Claudia Villars
Alfre Woodard
Howie
David Patrick Kelly
Ernie
Saul Williams
Sal
Peter Gerety
Mrs Archer
Celia Weston

Crew

Director
Iain Softley

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Film Four
Guidance: 
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 12 Apr 2002
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama