Pairing a world-weary detective with an alien-hunting mental patient, Mark Hosack’s “Pale Blue Moon” suggests a low-budget redo of “K-PAX.” Shifting tone nearly as often as it changes scenes, this madcap road movie/farce/paranoid sci-fier may be the least narratively logical pic since Bob Dylan’s “Masked and Anonymous.” It is engaging for a while, but ultimately unrewarding. High production values and a few memorably absurd moments could score pic slots at low-profile fests before it beams down to video.
When manic Simon Applewhite (Ice Mrozek) is arrested for vandalizing a radio antenna, detective John Lefsburg (Johnny Sneed) lands the plum assignment of transporting Applewhite to the local loony bin. Little goes as planned, and Lefsburg begins buying into some of Applewhite’s far-fetched theories. Pic doesn’t lack for oddball touches: Lefsburg’s wife (Eleni Stevens), grief-stricken over the loss of their child, treats a stuffed-animal sheep as though it were a live human. But eccentricity ends up little more than a smokescreen for a mawkish, easy-to-predict “surprise” ending.