Hypnosis in Movie: K-Pax
You have to have a soul to appreciate this film, from Prot’s (Kevin Spacey) making unusual appearance at a train station beginning, to barely noticeable little smile Spacey gave in the wheelchair at the end of the film. It’s not the sort of film that you can easily get a solid handle on. People can find it boring and slow if they watch it as an action film and want to have a clear story line.
Kevin Spacey plays a character named Prot, who may be from the planet K-PAX, 1000 lightyears from Earth, or he may be a deluded person from New Mexico with a painful personal secret. A case could be made for either scenario. The ending does not confirm whether Prot was an alien or not. In a way it did, in a mysterious way, but it still left you guessing a bit.
Nevertheless, I find compelling evidence to believe Prot was who he said he was — He sees ultra-violet light (which humans cannot), and is immune to powerful psychotic drugs (which humans are not). He openly recognized Robert Palmer in the picture album at the end, and said, very seriously to Jeff Bridges, to look after him when he’d gone, which he did. Audience now realized that Prot was occupying Palmer’s body, a “walk-in.”. When Prot departs at the movie’s end, apparently taking Bess, the body of his friend remains. Thus, there is no ambiguity. Prot IS alien.
As Prot explains during hypnosis, he comes to earth whenever his human friend needs him and, apparently, enters his friend’s body – the two becoming one. And this alien/human hybrid can travel via light beams (hence Prot’s going north for a few days while institutionalized).
Prot is questioned and hypnotized on several occasions, without conclusive evidence to his true identity.
But the use of hypnosis to help a clearly disturbed client is very interesting. Unlike many Hollywood films, this one actually took the time to get the Hypnosis methods right! I found the hypnosis sequences too authentic to be written by anyone other than a real hypnotist. I then read from somewhere that the man who wrote the Hypnotic patter for the film is a Psychiatrist from the LA area. He did the hypnotizing part and the crew recorded it, and then wrote a script around his words, including his induction. What the Hypnotized character, Prot, said, of course, was just the movie.
Having done Spirit Releasement Therapy with clients myself, I found this is really easy to understand, an alien in a human body. And actually, this can be quite common.
This is indeed a movie worth watching another time, as there are many subtle cues, and the actings are excellent. Maybe, just maybe, Kevin Spacey himself is an alien in human body! I think there’s some suggestion in his name.