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'K-PAX' pits reality against fiction

| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001

Not a big fan of the recent craze of "Harry Potter," or of copy-cat ideas of "The Matrix" in Jet Li's "The One?" Then get your popcorn and soda ready for Universal Pictures' new out of this world movie, "K-PAX."

Prot, played by Kevin Spacey, is a cheerfully confident man who is admitted to the Psychiatric Institute of Manhattan after claiming to be from a distant planet called K-PAX.

Dr. Powell, played by Jeff Bridges, is the psychiatrist assigned to Prot. Unlike other cases, Dr. Powell begins to believe Prot isn't really crazy, but in fact he is telling the truth. As his colleagues poke fun at Powell for his belief, he begins a puzzle of reality versus fiction.

The drought of fictional extra-terrestrial movies has been snapped with the release of "K-PAX." In the past couple of years, with fancy computer animated movies such as "Shrek" and "Toy Story 2", action-packed movies such as "Mission Impossible: 2", or zany spoofs and other comedy films such as "American Pie 2" and "Scary Movie" not too many, if any at all, can be compared to "K-PAX." This movie is not as serious as the extra-terrestrial movie "Contact" with Jodie Foster, but not as funny as the new release of "My Favorite Martian" with Christopher Lloyd. It is, a very thought provoking film that will leave you wondering if there really is life out there.

A good deal of credit must be given to Kevin Spacey for his creative performance. His character changes attitudes constantly through the movie as part of an all-knowing attitude of the K-PAXian. Jeff Bridges also makes a good effort in play- ing an always-inquisitive doctor.

Sorry guys, this isn't much of a chick-flick and it's not an action thriller to go see with your buds. Girls, Kevin Spacey playing a person from another planet who loves to eat fruit whole does not make for a very romantic movie.

You're probably only going to see this movie if you're not into the kids' movies "Harry Potter," and "Monsters Inc.," a little stressed out to see thrillers "The One," or "Joy Ride," and just want to mellow out for two hours.

Kevin Sterne is a student at Ringgold High School.

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