K-PAX
K-PAX is a rare and beautiful film. Hopefully you can tell from the rare fact that this film is receiving, at least from this viewer, a perfect 10. This movie has just jumped into my top 100 movies and is one well worth seeing.
Review by MIKE FURCHES


K-PAX
(2001)

This page was created on October 30, 2001
This page was last updated on May 29, 2005

CREDITS

Click to enlargeDirected by Iain Softley 
Screenplay by Charles Leavitt 
Novel by Gene Brewer 

Kevin Spacey .... prot
Jeff Bridges .... Dr. Mark Powell
Mary McCormack .... Rachel Powell
Alfre Woodard .... Dr. Claudia Villers
Ajay Naidu .... Dr. Ajay Naidiu
Vincent Laresca .... Navarro
Kimberly Scott .... Joyce Trexler
Conchata Ferrell .... Betty McAllister
Saul Williams .... Ernie
Peter Gerety .... Sal
David Patrick Kelly .... Howie
Click to enlargeMelanee Murray .... Bess
Tracy Vilar .... Maria
Celia Weston .... Mrs. Archer
Brian Howe .... Dr. Steve Becker
Natasha Dorfhuber .... Gabby Powell
Frank Collison .... Screaming Man
Greg Lewis .... Dominick
Mary Mara .... Rachel
Moet .... Jennifer
Aaron Paul .... Michael Powell

Produced by Robert F. Colesberry (executive producer), Lawrence Gordon (producer), Lloyd Levin (producer), Michael I. Levy (associate producer), Susan G. Pollock (executive producer)
Original music by Ed Shearmur
Cinematography by John Mathieson
Film Editing by Craig McKay

MPAA: Rated PG-13
for a sequence of violent images, and brief language and sensuality.

Running time: 120 minutes


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K-Pax:
Original Motion Picture Score
-Edward Shearmur

1. Grand Central 2. Good Morning Bess 3. Taxi Ride 4. Constellation Lyra 5. Bluebird 6. 4th Of July 7. Prot Missing 8. Sarah 9. New Mexico 10. Powell's Return 11. July 27th 12. Coda

Change the way you look at the world.
SYNOPSIS:
A traveler (Kevin Spacey) arrives in New York City's Grand Central Station exclaiming that he is from another planet. Police make arrangements for the man to be sent to a nearby mental hospital, where he is treated by a psychiatrist (Jeff Bridges) who begins to believe his extraterrestrial story.
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Review by
MIKE FURCHES
mike@furches.org

Web site
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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66."

Click to enlargeK-PAX is a film that may not do well at the box office but it won't be because of the lack of quality. In short, this film is brilliant throughout. From the beginning, the viewer is faced with the question of whether or not Prot is an alien or simply mentally ill. Prot, played perfectly by Kevin Spacey, is as wonderful a character to come around in a movie in a long, long time.
Click to enlargeWhile assisting a robbery victim at Grand Central Station in New York, Prot is apprehended by the police department and taken to the local Mental Hospital. In what may resemble a play on the fine film, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Prot begins to assist his fellow patients as well as many of the hospital's staff begin a journey of discovering what is really important in their individual lives.
Click to enlargeProt professes to come from the planet K-PAX; the viewer questions the legitimacy of this, and instantly finds a common ground on which to identify with the other characters in the film. I know that there are components of K-PAX that will remind many viewers of new age philosophy, aliens and all. If this is the primary focus of the viewer, I would challenge that the overwhelming primary emphasis has been overlooked.
Click to enlargeThroughout the film, the claims and teachings of Jesus are brought up and the characters are challenged to practice those teachings. Prot happens to be the primary character challenging those around him with these teachings, briefly in word but largely by his actions. Prot appears out of nowhere, from the light of the station entrance, to give money to a disabled veteran asking for money. Prot then goes out of his way to assist a woman robbed at the train station. All of this kindness in a world surrounded by people who don't seem to care about the pain of those around them. Upon seeing Prot, the police find out that he is different and then take him to the mental hospital. Click to enlargeWhen Prot first arrives at the mental hospital one of the patients is heard in the background reading from 1st Corinthians chapter 13. The patient in the background is reading clearly, being ignored. The verses read are known as the love chapter in the Bible and in them the reader is told that without love they are nothing. As the verses are being read we also have a short glimpse of a Norman Rockwell painting with the caption, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." From this point on, the Spiritual implications are many.
Click to enlargeEarly on in the film, Prot is challenged by the doctors at the hospital, especially the one he begins to develop a relationship with, Dr. Mark Powell, played by Jeff Bridges. During one of the early scenes of therapy Prot helps Dr. Powell realize that humans don't truly understand the concept of love. For example, he states; "You are all caught up in the philosophy of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." Prot then points out that, while these teachings are contrary to the teaching of Buddha and Jesus, not even Christians understood those teachings. While in this sequence he seems to support both Buddhism and Christianity, he later tells a patient who wants to return with him to his planet K-PAX that he is welcome to take his Bible with him. Prot understands the importance of spirituality among those in the hospital and does all he can to assist both the staff and patients to appreciate the true component of love.

Click to enlargeK-PAX is about much more than whether Prot is from space or is mentally ill. We are all challenged by our ability to love those around us, even those we are closest to. I was extremely impressed with the attributes presented in this film. After working in the Mental Health profession for over 20 years I was impressed by the dignity and respect given to persons with mental illness. Click to enlargeK-PAX shows that you can show a humorous side to mental illness without showing them disrespect. Unlike Me Myself & Irene, with Jim Carrey, this is an accurate portrayal of persons in a mental hospital. It is amazing that Prot shows these individuals his love and that these are the people with whom he chooses to spend his time. Much like the lepers of the 1st century, the Mentally Ill are often misunderstood and abused. Prot shows that the ability to love the most misunderstood is an ability to love everyone. Click to enlargeDr. Powell comes to recognize this as he begins to realize his own failures and makes an effort to change his habits. 1 John 3:17,18 "If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we can not say we love God. Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it."

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Click to enlargeThere are far more things I could go over regarding this film, but it is important that you view and interpret it on your own. It is one of those films that will make you think and challenge you to love those around you.Click to enlarge

K-PAX is a rare and beautiful film. Hopefully you can tell from the rare fact that this film is receiving, at least from this viewer, a perfect 10. This movie has just jumped into my top 100 movies and is one well worth seeing.

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A SPLENDID FILM!
Subject: K-PAX
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2002
From: Rhyne

K-PAX, a splended film! And another brilliant and knockout performance added to Spacey's heavyweight belt.
Rhyne Pascual
Victorville, California

HAVE YOU SEEN...
Subject: K-Pax
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001
From: Wsricks@aol.com To:

Have you ever seen the foriegn movie "The man facing south-east"
...k-pax is almost an exact copy of this former flick!

MODERN ANGEL
Subject: K-Pax
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001
From: Adam Hsu

Prot is a modern kind of angel who give Homo sapiens a relieve from his pain, one that sometimes seems not easy to be relieved from (like wife and daughter were raped and killed, a painful experience that nobody can take it). In this movie, Robert Porter's pain is hatred, which, in the other extreme, is love. That means, only love can cure it. Prot (or Porter) can describe the planet K-Pax so well, the only possibility is that it must be true that he is the alien (or angel), or so the author wants you to believe. In my opinion, it doesn't matter whether it is a trueth or not, it is the human's great and beautiful capability on "imagination" that counts. The author's imagination is equal to those who used to write the Bible ( I mean, who can be more imaginable than authors who said that "in the beginning, the God creates the heaven and earth? that means these Bible's authors created the God, and Gene Brewer created the Prot.)

I gives this movie a 9-10 rating.
Adam Hsu

I LIKED THE MOVIE
Subject: K-PAX
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001
From: "AL CRACKENBERG"

MY WIFE AND I WENT TO SEE K-PAX. I LIKED THE MOVIE, THOUGH NOT AS MUCH AS MIKE FURCHES. I GAVE IT A GRADE OF B+, THOUGH I MUST ADMIT I AM A VERY HARD GRADER. THERE WERE A LOT OF CHARACTERS IN THE MOVIE AND THAT GOT TO BE A LITTLE CONFUSING TO ME. JEFF BRIDGE'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS WIFE AND KIDS AND CO-WORKERS AND PRIOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY HAD ME CONFUSED AS TO WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE CHARACTER, PROT, WAS INDEED A CHRIST-LIKE FIGURE. HE HAD MANY UNEXPLAINED COMINGS AND GOINGS. HE PERFORMED INTRIGUING FEATS WITH COMMON FOLK AND LEARNED FOLK; AND HIS VIEW OF RELATIONSHIPS WAS SO UNUSUAL THAT ALL TOOK NOTICE OF HIM. THERE WERE VERY MANY BIBLICAL REFERENCES AND QUOTES THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE, ALL DONE IN A VERY RESPECTFUL MANNER (UNLIKE THE BIBLE QUOTING HIT-MAN IN PULP FICTION). THE MOVIE DID TREAT MENTAL ILLNESS IN A LIGHT THAT WAS UNUSUAL, NOT CONDESCENDING BUT WITH A GREAT DEAL OF DIGNITY. I AGREE WITH MIKE THAT THE MOVIE SHOULD BE INTERPRETED BY EACH INDIVIDUAL. IT SEEMS SOME REVIEWERS ARE REACTING AGAINST THE SPIRITUAL MESSAGE AS MUCH AS THE MOVIE. BE SURE TO STAY FOR THE CREDITS. AFTER THE CREDITS THERE IS A SPECIAL P.S. THAT GIVES THE MOVIE SOME EXTRA ADDED FOOD FOR THOUGHT. AL CRACKENBERG

IT SOUNDS LIKE AN ARGENTINIAN MOVIE I SAW A FEW YEARS AGO!
Subject: K-PAX
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 14:24:20 -0400
From: Gary A.

Hi! K Pax, will come to Bolivia in a few months I suppose.

But, from the description in the review in the HollywoodJesus site, I can tell you, that it seems the argument is a copy of the Argentinean movie "Hombre mirando al Sudeste" (Man Looking to Southwest), in which a man appears claiming to be an extra terrestrial, being put in a mental institution and then turning the life an concepts of all the people in the hospital. The supposed alien is shown displaying some feats that carries Christian references.

I will like to know if Eliseo Subiela (the director of "Hombre mirando al Sudeste"), knows about this movie.
Gary A. Valenzuela
La Paz - Bolivia

-- "We don't do it for the glory. We don't do it for the recognition. We do it because it needs to be done. Because if we don't, no one else will. And we do it even if no one knows what we've done. Even if no one knows we exist. Even if no one remembers that we ever existed."
*** Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
*** Christmas With The Superheroes #2 (Dec 1989)

MORE FACTS...
Subject: K-Pax
Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001
From: "gvh"

Hi!... Here are the proof that you need to check: http://us.imdb.com/Details?0091214
The above URL is the IMDB entry for the "Hombre mirando al Sudeste" film, that K-Pax is carbon-copying.

Gary A. Valenzuela La Paz - Bolivia

-- "We don't do it for the glory. We don't do it for the recognition. We do it because it needs to be done. Because if we don't, no one else will. And we do it even if no one knows what we've done. Even if no one knows we exist. Even if no one remembers that we ever existed."
-Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) -Christmas With The Superheroes #2 (Dec 1989)

REVIEW
Subject: K-Pax
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001
From: "David

Great review of a great movie.
David

COMMENT
Subject: K-Pax
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2001
From: Sue Ferguson

I missed the emphasis on the teachings of Jesus. There was one mention of Him, that those on earth had failed to understand the teachings of Jesus and Buddha. Scripture was background noise, endless repetition of mental patients. The message of the film was that the earth is constantly expanding and then falling back in on itself. There is no meaning, except what we give out lives. For me, this was the philosophical framework of the film. There is much that did not add up. The film was definitely interesting, with good acting by Bridges and Spacey. But philosophically, it was a rip off.
Sue Ferguson

NAMES IN THE MOVIE...
Subject: K-Pax
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001
From: Slik

His wife's name was Sarah and daughter was Rebecca...that's Abraham's wife and daughter's name...and Prot gave that guy three task...and the second one was to help is friend by almost killing him similiar to Abraham sacrificing Isaac.

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