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Solaris Reviews

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September 2, 2017
A psychologist investigates mysterious events aboard a space station in this remake of a sci-fi classic. But even Steven Soderbergh, James Cameron and George Clooney cannot save it from audience disengagement. The narrative is disjointed and difficult to follow and without investment in the characters' stories there is little care factor to motivate continued viewing.
½ August 26, 2017
Beautiful, elegant science fiction that is unique and disquieting, with a riveting love story in its many layers.
½ July 23, 2017
The various philosophical ideas of Solaris are unfortunately made null more often than not by an overall coldness in Steven Soderbergh's re-adaptation of the Russian novel. It's a deliberately slow story of lost love and what makes us human, but sadly, only to varying degrees of success. Clooney gives it his all with a solid performance, and the moments when the film's philosophic nature actually does work are profound, but a lack of focus of what it wants to say hinders it from reaching the heights of similar cerebral sci-fi. The lack of frantic happenings and a beautiful score from Cliff Martinez make it at least the kind of film that will grab you and soothe you, even if it fails to mentally stimulate you.
½ July 22, 2017
What this movie lacks is more detail on it sci-fi front so that at least it could have appealed to a wider audience. Solaris is an artsy film that takes place in space not necessarily science fiction. For instance, when Viola Davis starts rambling about Higgs fields and bosons somewhere near the end, it feels out of place. The problems of the movie are obvious, it seems overly abstract and secretive- at first glance that much is true - but upon closer inspection and changing your perspective of this film as a meditation on man's discovery of God, and the different ways man responds to the event, what you have is a movie that is quite profound and one that delivers its poetic message surprisingly clear. That however intelligent man becomes, when he meets God, he is inclined to fail to understand him. You might need to think a lot to get this clear message though, ironic but true.
April 9, 2017
Can't believe I waited so long to see this. I'm still trying to decide if I actually "liked" it, but it was certainly interesting. Never seen the original version.
February 21, 2017
Though this sci-fi drama visually looks great, has solid production, has a good cast who act really well and the score is beautiful the slow pace offers few rewards and though the film offers up many themes to ponder over it doesn't really build upon them enough.
½ December 9, 2016
Just does not get started. One of the rare movies I abandoned halfway.
November 27, 2016
It doesn't come close to Tarkovsky's masterful interpretation, but Steven Soderbergh gives a good effort full of beautiful imagery, legitimate tension, and good performances around the board.
November 14, 2016
A re-make of the original Russian Solaris by streamlining into a simpler story of Dante's Purgatorio with a benevolent Solaris. Very interesting.
½ November 7, 2016
It's like one of those art installation films showing in a black room with carpeted box seats that intrigues you at first with its dreamlike somnambulance and vivid colors, but quickly makes you question why someone made it and why a museum is showing it and why you're still sitting there watching it, until you remember you don't have to, and you think 'the cafe might have cookies,' so you walk out.
October 25, 2016
The trouble is, the scientist characters don't talk like clever people. They can't sell me as anything other than actors in a project. Not a patch on the Tarkovsky original. A million miles from the genius it requires to be a fair comparison. Too much male bottom also. Doesn't help.
September 5, 2016
apart from the leading lady
August 9, 2016
A remake plagued by clunky dialogue, uneven acting, and bizarre editing choices. Tarkovsky's emotionally resonant original blows this one out of the stratosphere.
July 30, 2016
The main objective of this movie is of coirse to be disturbing, but while trying to do that, between flashbacks and allucinations, it loses also its way in intricacies that doesn't help who is watching at all, but above everything the movie itself.
½ July 16, 2016
Una joya de la ciencia ficción y un placer para los ojos lucidos
½ June 13, 2016
Therapist travels to space station to help fellow astronauts in this boring sci-fi drama.
½ May 29, 2016
A very separate entity from the Russian version, Soderbergh's film is much more emotionally adept and visually pleasing, and just as creative and intelligent, just in a different way. Also, those who think this one is slow clearly haven't seen Tarkovsky's version.
February 23, 2016
Okay so not only had I not seen this version of Solaris in at least ten years, but I also have never seen the 1970's original. Quelle horreur.

That said upon revisiting the 2002 version of Solaris I remembered exactly what I loved about it 14 years ago. There is an incredible dreamlike quality to the film, which most people will automatically equate to meaning boring. But I'm cool with that. Visually it is entrancing, with many long camera pans over the brightly coloured, ever changing world, accompanied by mellow electronic music to aid the general vibe.

The actual nitty gritty of the film concerns strange happenings aboard an exploratory space station at some point in the not too distant future, and George Clooney's psychiatrist attempting to suss out just what on earth happened, after being invited half way across the galaxy by an old friend after things seemingly hit the proverbial fan. So far so Event Horizon, albeit sans gore, more a journey into the inner workings of the mind, love, perception of what is real, and what it means to be human. All while orbiting a giant pink/purple/blue cloud that just loves raising the dead.

Ultimately Solaris isn't as deep as it thinks, is rather slow paced, almost to a fault, but if you stick with it you may well find it as fascinating as I did, and still do.
February 2, 2016
Steven Soderbergh!!!
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