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Solaris Reviews

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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!!!
January 29, 2016
Solaris is a great concept and had the ability to be a really good film. However it is so confusing you really don't have a clue what is happening. It's a well acted film and that's what gives it 2 stars for me but I was left so confused by it and it leaves a lot unexplained which ultimately left me disappointed
½ December 23, 2015
George Clooney plays an ordinary psychologist who ventures into space to solve the mystery of why the crew of a space station and their rescue party have disappeared. Cause that seems like the logical choice for a space rescue. Why not just hire an oil rig worker instead? And why not go alone why you are at it there George. That's smart. Great setup writers.

Enjoy mesmerizing scenes of what could be improv dialog as Clooney slowly discovers what's been going on. Things start to happen, scenes change locations from darkly lit corridors, to darkly light rooms! It's epic!

Just when the action picks you might be thinking "Hey, this is like The Abyss and 2001 but only if those movies sucked." And you'd be correct. While the film does have some nice scenes and tries to create a slower paced movie there is much to be desired. From super close camera angles and a lack of scope or space that's included in other similar space tales. It makes this sci-fi tale rather void of fun and magic.

Clooney being a psychologist has no meaning in this film. That aspect was not explored, nor was his backstory or his character. Having career training in mastering human dialog and interactions it's strangely bizarre and out of character the way Clooney's character behaves to mysterious new people aboard the space station.

Sci-fi fans might want to steer their space ship away from this asteroid of a movie.

Their Tag Line - "There are some places man is not ready to go"
- Ya, Into the theater to see this movie.

Alternate Tag Lines

1. "You don't need to be a psychologist to figure out this thriller."
2. "Reasons why people find real space boring. Check."
3. "Rouge space station, cool effects, missing crew. No way can they mess this movie up. Right? "


- Nice concept, if a bit worn out.
- Naked George Clooney.
- The title sounds cool.


- Character development & plot.
- George Clooney's butt shown.
- Earth scenes don't look futuristic enough.
½ December 20, 2015
The rather slow moving psychological space flick may get too bogged down in over direction at points, but as time goes on this helps to build the lonely atmosphere which is eventually makes this a worthwhile re-imagining of the 1972 film. Instead of being just another sci-fi mystery in space, Solaris is a more psychological film with some great performances and sharp dialogue.
December 17, 2015
What an incredible inept promotion for this film. Solaris was shoved into some retrospect about relationships and lost love rather than the extraordinary sci-fi film that it was. The amazing affects of Solaris on the humans was the focal point and was along the same themes of the original novel. The trailers and promotional campaign did not convey accurately what the point of the film was or compel Sci-fi enthusiast to see it.
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