Solaris (2002)

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Psychiatrist George Clooney is sent to investigate the strange happenings on a space station orbiting the mysterious planet Solaris where the crew have been encountering “visitors” from their past.

This beautiful looking and thoughtful sci-fi is a remake of a much loved project by Andrei Tarkovsky and as such is no doubt vilified by purists; I have not seen the original however and so I hope I can be objective. Those expecting thrills and spills will be disappointed; the film is more philosophical and deliberate in its pacing than most modern science fiction. The handsome pairing of George Clooney and Natascha McElhone put in solid performances in a film that’s more concerned with love and loss than aliens and ray guns. Steven Soderbergh’s visuals are top notch with some lovely production design complimented by a wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack, creating a very ethereal and otherworldly quality.

I can’t say I’m entirely sure what the story was trying to say exactly, but the journey is stylish and captivating and fans of 2046 and its ilk should give Solaris the benefit of the doubt.

6.5/10

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