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.
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.
When the best Steven Soderbergh can do in his ill-advised remake of Andrei Tarkovsky classic masterpiece is give us a few of George Clooney's back-side it is painfully obvious that this entire movie is one huge mistake.
Drained of all real meaning, we are left with soft-focused view of depression and angst.