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Solaris Reviews

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February 26, 2018
This is a work of art! There is an exquisite marriage of cinematography and soundtrack that creates a unique atmosphere, one that reminded me of the strange, surreal and esoteric section of 2001: A space Odyssey where Dave Bowman is slowly aging after contact with the stargate near Jupiter. Bears up to repeated viewings.
½ January 8, 2018
Clooney version Solaris is unbelievably boring and awful. I have never even made past the first hour where like nothing in space happens but this is like a movie about romantic meetings. Or whatever. This movie fucking sucks. Maybe package it again as a sleep pill, or something.

I mean seriously does anything happen after the first hour? And also why would a viewer have to wait 60 minutes to view something actually worth viewing?

Dead wifes and romances...I mean okay, in TV shows a ton, nice after development of characters. Your dead wife though is kind of a bitch just from what we see.

And Oh My God let's not ever let anyone refer to this as a "sci-fi" movie. It's not. If any genre: might be "moron with dead bitch wife so yawn" genre. What else is there here.
November 2, 2017
Solaris is a surprisingly strong remake and a good movie in its own right. Certainly it is inferior to the original as the ending and the science fiction elements are not as good, but the performances are strong across the board, the dramatic and romantic elements in the story really worked and the film is simpler in runtime and approach which worked in its favor as it distinguished it from the original quite well.
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.
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