K-PAX

K-PAX

Iain Softley (2001)

115min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

A psychiatrist tries to deal with a patient's wild claims that he is a visitor from another planet on a research mission. However, the mystery man appears to have a bizarre effect on all those around him, prompting the doctor to suspect he might be telling the truth. Drama, with Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard and David Patrick Kelly.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Iain Softley
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Other Information

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

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