In 1990, a white male is picked up by the New York Police after being found bending over the victim of a mugging at Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan. After responding to the police questions with somewhat strange answers, he is transferred to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. Although not physically ill, he is found to harbour the strange delusion that he is from a planet called K-PAX in the constellation of Lyra. The patient, who calls himself "prot" (intentionally lower-case to reflect the insignificance of an individual life form in the universe), is eventually transferred to the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute (MPI), where he becomes the patient of Dr. Gene Brewer .
Prot is extremely fond of fruit, including banana skins and apple cores, which he eats during each session. He tells Brewer that he is 337 (Earth) years old, that he has visited Earth often, and that on this visit he has traveled to most of the world's countries for the past 4 years and 9 months. He has a good sense of humor (during their first session, he says, "But don't worry - I'm not going to leap out of your chest,"  an allusion to the film Alien ). Brewer discovers that prot also possesses arcane information about astronomy, which, later, astronomers become very excited about; prot appears to be a savant. Prot also claims to understand most human languages (at least enough to get by) as well as the languages of animals, including whale song. and the apparent gibberish of some of the patients with schizophrenia .
Though prot's dialogue is usually satirical, he turns out to be highly suggestible and easily hypnotized. Once Brewer learns this, he begins more serious therapy.
Brewer, with the help of a journalist named Giselle Griffin, discovers that prot may be an alter ego (the result of Multiple Personality Disorder ) of Robert Porter, whose life has been devastated by the murder of his wife and child and his subsequent killing of the perpetrator. Brewer speculates that the name prot is "derived, presumably, from Porter." 
When prot "returns" to his own planet, Robert Porter is left in a catatonic state. However, Bess (another patient prot had promised to take with him) disappears along with a box of souvenirs prot has been collecting.
Prot promises to return in "about five of your years."
K-PAXian is the term used in the books to refer to the inhabitants of the planet K-PAX. Their language is pax-o. In the book, all knowledge of K-PAX and its attendant species comes from the individual known as prot. 
K-PAXians' forefathers were something like worms and lived in the ground, whereas humans' forefathers were fish and other aquatic beings.Physiology Edit
The conditions on the planet K-PAX are used in the books to explain a number of Prot's oddities. [ citation needed ]
K-PAX is seated far from the two stars it orbits: K-MON and K-RIL. Thus, K-PAXians experience an eternal dusk as K-PAX orbits in a helix around the two celestial bodies. These stars are also not like the Sun because they are not main sequence stars. From the descriptions in the novel it is assumed that they are protostars nearing their inevitable collapse. The constant phase shift of light on K-PAX and the lack of light made it necessary to evolve the ability to detect shorter wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation, i.e. ultraviolet. This explains prot's need to wear his sunglasses in all but very dim conditions. In the book, when Prot is questioned as to why a K-PAXian appears human on Earth, he responds, "Why is a soap bubble round?" He explains that K-PAXians appear human because the humanoid form is the most efficient shape to explore the planet. The method of reproduction of the dremers (prot's species, a term used in the book), unlike human sexual intercourse. is considered extremely unpleasant, due to intense feelings of pain and horrible smells, among other unpleasant sensations. Prot is completely uninterested in flirtation. Prot can age to a thousand years, like his parents, who are in their late six-hundreds. Prot's age contributes to his knowledge base, and on Earth, prot is considered a savant, although it is never specified whether dremer intelligence is inherent or a result of K-PAXian society. Prot makes it clear that dremers make every attempt to improve and disseminate their understanding of truth. Prot ultimately communicates that sentient beings on K-PAX have such a universal awareness of life that it would seem a majority of human endeavor is benign, but he is excited for us because our race has a bright future if only we disregard our primitive misconceptions of our surroundings.Society Edit
In K-PAXian society, sex is considered unpleasant (although not by all species), veganism is preferred, speciesism has been overcome. Eating meat is never considered and there are no formal laws (e.g. police officers), governments (in other words - anarchy ), schools, or religion. The anarchy on K-PAX is a non-destructive, non-violent, and peaceful one; it's a self-harmonizing, ordered anarchy. The beings reason with those beings who engage in destructive or immoral behaviour, although such instances are extremely rare. All living beings, from worm-beings to the more humanoid dremers (prot's kind), are regarded as civilized parts of the planet's community. Some readers view this as a more advanced society, or utopia. with individuals living in peace and harmony with each other, without the need for law. K-PAXians have no fixed abode and instead live a sort of nomadic life, drifting between certain settlements/villages where food, clothing, and other things are stored. K-PAXians do not have a set occupation; day-to-day tasks such as cleaning, infrastructure maintenance, and harvesting food are handled by all K-PAXians when they need to be done. Children may or may not know their parents, but this is unimportant as they are raised by their society as a whole. K-PAXians do not develop strong interpersonal bonds, but view all beings with great compassion. Despite a lack of major cities, K-PAX does feature a number of large library type structures for the dissemination of knowledge. K-PAXians are far more technologically advanced than humans. K-PAXian society seems very similar to that described by Sir Thomas More in his novel Utopia .
It seems that truth, with its absolute nature, is very desirable for prot. Readers can infer that knowledge of truth is something like a divine state of being for the K-PAXian society, considering prot's vast knowledge, scientific aptitude, and admiration for the arts. In this light, truth becomes as important to prot as it was for Mohandas Gandhi. Besides truth's revered status in K-PAXian society, the notion of "God" (anthropomorphic) or "gods" is seen as illusive and false conformity. It can thus be assumed that K-PAXian society is agnostic. K-PAXian society does not have a need for jokes or games, because life on K-PAX is considered to be fun and interesting anyway. Prot also mentions that our planet just arrived at a minor stage of planetary evolution - he thinks we are as yet children. The K-PAXians arrived at "K" on an alphabetic development-scale (A-K), meaning perfect stability and peace, whereas Earth is a class "B" planet. Class "A" planets used to be "B" planets but were destroyed by their own inhabitants.
Prot even says that humans do not have a good sense of humor; games and jokes are seen as obsolete on K-PAX and even as mindless by prot (to some degree). K-PAXians enjoy time with meditative walks in the woods, community needs, the arts (sculpturing, painting, music, etc.), scientific observations, conversation about ideas and information, and journeys to other planets.
The whole civilization of K-PAX despises and does not use any kind of violent or revengeful punishment or ostracism, as prot states, the mystery of life contains non-violence. K-PAXians do not domesticate each other (for example, dremers do not domesticate the ruli species, nor amps the worm beings).Technology Edit
Despite living a fairly agrarian lifestyle, K-PAXians are highly technologically advanced. Most notable is their ability to travel faster than the speed of light both around and between planets. K-PAXians have developed computers with complete holography. These computers engage all senses and reproduce events of the history of K-PAX or other inhabited planets. K-PAXian villages contain laboratories in which the components of herbs and other plants are analyzed for medicine, resulting in cures of every existing ailment. K-PAXians do not need to synthesize these components into new products, as they have mastered chemistry to gain any needed substance directly from the plants. They do not have the need to create genetically new forms either. K-PAXians use two types of solar energy, having moved beyond their previous use of bacterial decay, gravitational energy and muscle force as energy. Prot describes Nuclear Fusion and Solar Energy as the only viable types of energy, as together they balance out each other's side effects. Prot warns Gene Brewer about the use of nuclear fission. informing him that it creates too much dangerous waste product.
The 2001 film K-PAX was directed by Iain Softley and is based on the first book in this series. Kevin Spacey portrays Prot, and Jeff Bridges plays the psychiatrist. 
K-PAX has also been made into a stage play, also written by Gene Brewer, and has been performed at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre,  directed by Victor Sobchak.  In 2010, the play made its North American debut at The Geneva Underground Playhouse in Geneva, Illinois directed by Eric Peter Schwartz and featured in the cast:
Booklist called the novel "fascinating".  Psychiatrist Allan Beveridge wrote that the novel is a good example of "why psychiatrists should read fiction", saying that it shows "how to approach moral quandaries and decision-making".  Science fiction scholar David Ketterer compares it with the novel Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells.  Reviewer Michael Berry wrote, "There aren't many possible denouements for a book like this, and Brewer steers a middle course between the extremes of outright fantasy and predictable mundaneness. K-PAX displays the mildly off-putting attitude found in such movies as Rain Man and Forrest Gump . that we all can learn so much about ourselves from the simple-minded, but one can't deny that some of the story's episodes are genuinely funny and touching."  Reviewer Lisa Koosis wrote that Prot "is one of the more extraordinary characters found in current science fiction" and that the author, "without actually having the characters set foot on another planet, manages to bring an alien world to life". 
Prot (Kevin Spacey) claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX.� Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges) is the head of the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute, and wants to figure out what Prot's story really is.� As the film K-Pax progresses, Powell begins to wonder if Prot isn't indeed telling the truth - a truth that the other inmates seem to accept without a second thought.� The film combines elements of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest with Starman. but never really felt like it added up to much in the end for me.� Spacey's performance was quite good, but I felt that the movie plodded on a bit longer than it needed to.� Helping ease the boredom, however, was Edward Shearmur's sparse contemporary score.
The main theme, played on piano, can be heard in "Grand Central".� The cue takes on a bit of a contemporary beat with the percussion, and a secondary theme with a bit of a groove takes us through the opening credit sequence.� Elements of the two themes are used throughout the score.� The score ranges from upbeat and wondrous, to somber and thoughtful.� "Constellation Lyra", where Prot astounds a bunch of astrophysicists with his technical acuity regarding the location of where he claims K-PAX to be, starts off very cold, with harsh strings reverberating, and building to a restatement of the piano theme.
As Dr. Powell tries to find out more information regarding Prot, and who he really is, he makes a discovery that takes him to "New Mexico".� This lengthy cue introduces a solo voice as Powell learns one possible truth to the identity of Prot.� It's a sad cue, and rather contemplative.� The film's ending is ambiguous, leaving it up to the audience to decide what happened.� I like the music Shearmur wrote for the climax ("July 27th"); it starts off ominous and uncertain, then becomes exciting and inspired, then comes back down to a more plaintive level with another restatement of the main theme.
Shearmur's score to K-PAX is not a groundbreaking score, but it suits the movie just fine.� It lends the right amount of emotion and texture where it's needed, and stands out as a good example of contemporary film music.� Running a little over 43-minutes long, this album isn't really something you necessarily need to rush out and get, but if you enjoy contemporary minimalist film music, then this score will be right up your alley.E-mail Newsletter
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As to K-Pax. I recommend you track down the Argentenian film, Man Facing Southeast.
As to K-Pax. I've never read it and don't know Brewer, but I do know there was a lawsuit, and I bet he is sensitive about it, so I would tread carefully with questions.
Looks like Subiela wrote Hombre mirando al sudeste in the mid-1980s and Brewer published K-Pax in '95.
Whereupon I, having never seen the book or film at this point, gave him all the major plot points of K-Pax and told him how it was going to end.
I imagine that the film will be something like K-Pax meets Unbreakable, but I could be totally wrong.
Enjoy. (brief background: Kevin Spacey was in the audience, which is why I reference the movie "K-Pax ")
A shout out to all my hoodrats: K-Pax and Emily, I love and miss you both!
In June of 2009, K-Pax and I flew to NY to visit Emily who lived in Brooklyn at the time.
From films like Slam and K-Pax to solo albums like his most recent, the Trent Reznor-produced The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, he has straddled the bleeding edge of change in the entertainment industry.
I got the same vibe that I got when seeing Field of Dreams or reading Gene Brewer's K-Pax ; it didn't matter who was telling Ray Kinsella to build it; it didn't matter if Prot was an alien or a psycho - that wasn't the point.
When a mysterious man named Prot (Kevin Spacey ) appears at an airport out of nowhere claiming to be an extraterrestrial from a planet called K-Pax, it isn't long before he is admitted to a mental institution. There he meets Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges ) who immediately takes a liking to his new eccentric patient and makes it a goal to find out what is wrong with Prot and if he can cure him. In the process, Prot's constant convincing talks about K-Pax encourage fellow patients and causes Dr. Powell to question whether or not Prot is telling the truth. Will Dr. Powell figure out what is wrong with "Prot"? Is Prot really from K-Pax or just crazy?
I could start off this review by complaining about critics again and how stupid they are, but I won't. I won't go off about how they loved Zoolander and didn't care much for K-Pax. I won't go off about how they whine over trivial things and condone some of the most ridiculous or putrid stuff. No. I'll start this off nicely by saying, "Wow."
The previews definitely enticed me when I saw them sitting in a theater one evening. But when I heard this film was classified as a "drama," I began having second thoughts. To me, dramas have become dirty words when you have the dreary anything-but-happy flicks like Stepmom. Notting Hill. (no matter what people say, I found Notting Hill more depressing than funny) or a world of other films in that genre. But I discovered K-Pax to be enjoyable, intriguing, and successfully hold my attention from beginning till the credits rolled. An interesting storyline, convincingly strong acting, and a talented cast. The film makes you think. And, in many ways, will make you think more than you'd expect. And as a Christian, will either offend you at times. or convict you.
In one scene where Prot is talking to Dr. Powell during a session, Prot comments to Powell on how Christians and Buddhists claim to believe in their religions yet don't seem to learn or follow the ways of Buddha or Christ. This hit me because not only is it a secular view of Christianity, it's in many ways true. Oftentimes we don't learn from or adjust to the ways of Christ as we should and it becomes obvious in our daily living, myself included. We become so hung-up on being a Christian that we forget what being a Christian is all about: Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us so we might live eternally with the Father. God has given us the perfect example of how to live our lives written for us in the scriptures and we just simply forget. It hit me hard, but it's a sad-but-true point.
As far as the film's content goes, Language was relatively mild for a PG-13, however Prot does mumble the "f" word while during a serious moment in one of his sessions with Powell. Other "colorful" words and phrases are present that could also have easily been left out of the film. Sexual content is almost non-existent. Prot briefly describes how reproduction occurs on K-Pax in a descriptive yet non-graphic way. There is some violence, however, including glimpses of a struggle resulting in a man's death as well as brief distorted views of two dead female bodies with some blood on them and their surroundings. The scene is important emotionally to the film and for the story, but could have been handled in a less intense way.
Another redeemable quality to the picture is a strong pro-family message. Several moments and scenes stress the importance of family and loved ones and how we can take them for granted. You're likely to walk away from this one appreciating your loved ones more for sure.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It's not suitable for everyone, but it made me think about some things and it offered some decent entertainment for the hour and a half time it ran. Please read the content here carefully before making a decision to see it. And as always, - John DiBiase(reviewed: 10/27/01)
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content Sex/Nudity. Prot briefly describes how reproduction occurs on K-Pax in a descriptive yet non-graphic way.
Vulgarity/Language. 1 "f" word, 11 "s" words, 1 "g*dd*mn," 5 "h*ll," 4 "d*mn," 2 "cr*p," 1 "a" word, 1 S.O.B. 6 "Oh my G-d," 1 "For G-d's sakes," 2 "G-d"
Alcohol/Drugs. Mark and Rachel have some wine on an occasion, and serve beer and wine at a party. Mark and Prot share Scotch in another sequence.
Blood/Gore. In a brief scene we see some blood on a knife, some blood on a wall, and two moderately bloody figures lying dead. Most of the shots are shown distorted.
Violence. We learn of a man attacking another, we see a woman get robbed, we see a distorted view of two men struggling and a body hit the floor; etc
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A mysterious and extraordinary mental patient, named Prot, convinces both staff and fellow patients that he comes from a utopian planet called K-PAX. While his psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Powell, is baffled by this cheerfully confident man, Prot's description of life on a planet 1000 light years away awakens a sense of possibility among the other patients. The doctor gradually begins to witness this so-called alien having a remarkable effect on the mental health of the hospital's other patients. When Prot says he's going back before the summer ends, all the patients in the ward vie to go with him. As the days before Prot's announced departure from earth race by, Dr. Powell struggles with questions of science. Determined to prove the stranger is nothing more than a tragic victim of multiple personality disorder, the doctor soon finds himself doubting his own diagnosis.SIMILAR ARTICLES
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