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K-PAX (film review)

Film: K-PAX
Year: 2001
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack
About: PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

My Review: 
Family movie days are a big thing in my household and my mum chose to watch the film K-PAX as I had never seen it before, not knowing what to think about this film and knowing nothing about it I watched this film completely blind. As a result this is my views on the film from the very first time I have ever seen it.

This film is about a man who is found in a train station who appears from nowhere and is admitted to a mental institution claiming that he is from the planet K-PAX. Knowing things about the universe that he shouldn't the psychiatrist tries to find out who he really is and by use of hypnosis tries to figure out the mans past as well as who he truly is as he doesn't believe the man is from outer space. As you go further into the man's past you come to see that not everything is how it seems and that they only have till the 27th of July to find out the answers before he leaves.

I found this film really interesting to watch and as you watch from the psychiatrist's point of view you are able to see how he is going about trying to find out who PROT is  and the history of his character through the use of hypnosis. Not only this but it leaves the main character PROT a mystery which keeps the watcher entertained and engrossed within the film. As you see the characters develop you start to realise how much PROT means to him and his life before trying to find out what is happening before the date that he says he is leaving. I find this really good as it keeps the audience only understanding from his view and not the man who is the mystery to him as well as to his associates.

This was a film in which I didn't expect to like nearly as much as I did and I would recommend this film to those who like drama movies as well as those who are into sci-fi however more realistic. With K-PAX also being about a mental institution and showing how he is helping those who are within it I would definitely watch this again.

My Rating: 4/5

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryBxYXeu55k

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