It is astounding that this film was made being that
their are no car crashes, no explosions, no actors
saying "Please nominate me for an Oscar".
No this is a really an enormously fascinating,
with fantastic cinematography. I have to
disagree with the Telegraph this week.
I found this film very
interesting. Ok, I agree, not the
most defining film not even original, but still very
griping and entertaining. Hollywood has
had a fascination with Aliens and the Paranormal for
some time, now. This time combining it with
good old psychiatry, like the days of Bladerunner
is a real winner for Sci-fi. The last
film I sore last week was A Beautiful
Mind. That was a similar plot outline that
made you wonder if the character was what he was and
doing what he said he was doing. In this
film director Iain Softley makes a loveable mad character
that reminds me of Forest Gump. this character
is called Prot. Prob played by Kevin Spacey
is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet.
Prob is a wonderfully character with the gentle presence of an outsider who understands.
His psychiatrist Dr. Mark Powell played by Jeff Bridges
tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
Prob is a wonderful character that seemingly blends
all aspects of the film together from the disparate
elements, the science, the drama, psychological
that gives him a real feeling of being a real
person. we had an argument in the car as to
the approach in grading this hidden gem as it dose
not soot every ones cup of tea, like with the
Telegraphs critic. This film
starts strange and ends strange and leave you with a
question, "Was he?"
We would like to do the same about the stars, but
can't. 4 stars as it is not appealing
for all, but still a must see if you like hidden meanings
in films. As far as I am concerned I
feel that this film is one of the best of its
type. Everyone from the science fiction fans (Who appreciated the depth and seriousness of the subject matter)
would probably agree with me.
first credits only:- Kevin Spacey
as Prot, Jeff Bridges as Dr. Mark Powell, Mary McCormack
as Rachel Powell, Alfre Woodard as Claudia Villars, David Patrick Kelly
as Howie, Saul Williams as Ernie, Peter Gerety as Sal,
Celia Weston as Mrs. Archer, Ajay Naidu as Dr. Chakraborty,
Tracy Vilar as Maria, Melanee Murray as Bess, John Toles-Bey
as Russell, Kimberly Scott as Joyce Trexler, Conchata Ferrell
as Betty McAllister and Vincent Laresca as Navarro