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K-PAX (2001) review
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An average movie

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back, I was quite eager to check it out again. First of all, I have noticed that some viewers believe that this feature is one of the most underrated movies ever made. Well, it is definitely an intriguing movie with 2 great actors at the top of their game, I’ll give you that, but I still don’t believe it is actually a great movie. I mean, the concept was interesting but I didn’t really dig the way they handled this material. Indeed, I think psychology is really fascinating but you don’t have many movies that really deal well with this subject and this movie was one of those, I’m afraid. Basically, they gave us here a deeply deranged man played by Kevin Spacey and, in this movie, instead of exploring his wounded psyche, they went for the option ‘what if what he said was actually true?’ which was just a rather underwhelming angle. Indeed, because of this approach, the whole psychological aspect, in fact the biggest asset in this flick, was just greatly undermined and what we got instead was some melodramatic fantasy. Basically, the whole theory developed in this movie was that mentally ill patients might actually be telling the truth after all which might be neat for some viewers but I thought it was rather ludicrous and not really compelling. Anyway, to conclude, even though I didn’t really care for this movie, I have to admit that it was rather well done and the actors involved did a fine job so it is still worth a look, in spite of some massive flaws. 

Added by johanlefourbe
3 years ago on 18 November 2015 10:11