Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Iain Softley
Nevertheless this is an involving film, and quite moving in parts. The other inhabitants of the mental ward become very excited about the alien in their midst. They all want to be the one to go to K-Pax with Prot, and they are very much taken in by his story.
The film moves quite slowly, and after a while the is-he isn't-he question gets a little tedious. We see a lot of the inside of a mental ward, it's that sort of movie. It's intended to make you think rather than wow you with fantastic visions. Unfortunately it doesn't really succeed in this either, the situation is too unlikely to take seriously. The message seemed to be that some people will believe anything, which is hardly a revelation.
The ending was disappointing. The whole film builds up to finding out the truth about K-Pax. After such a long build-up it deserves an astonishing finish, but the conclusion has far less impact than it needs.
If you like this, try:A Scanner Darkly by Richard Linklater
This adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel depicts a man struggling with madness, paranoia and addiction in a near-future dystopia.
Review © Ros Jackson
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