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Chris Kelvin, a psychologist, is faced with seemingly answerable questions following his arrival at a remote space station; while scientists aboard the space station are desperately trying to discover the secret of Solaris before it destroys them all.
Mystery Sci-Fi Thriller - Sloooow is the best way to describe this movie. There are unusual
camera moves and lingering shots of little interest. These combined
with the very slow story make this a movie only for those who are
well rested (so you won't fall asleep) and who like to discuss a
movie afterwards trying to figure out what the heck they just saw.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 1 GD, 5 S-words, no others. SEX/NUDITY: Clooney's butt is shown twice. Some flashes of sexual activity. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Social drinking at a party. ACTION: None COMEDY: None
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Review Average "Snail-paced, suavely shot, and steeped in postmodern
melancholy, Solaris is like 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...a
movie that exists primarily to shine a spotlight on its own integrity. ...a
plodding and far less psychologically arresting version of Ghost.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "Solaris may be the first big budget science fiction
motion picture that belongs in an art house rather than a multiplex. The movie
bears a stronger resemblance to 2001: A Space Odyssey than to Star
Wars, with an emphasis on ideas over action. Those expecting to see space
battles and bug-eyed aliens will be disappointed. There's nothing like that
here. The experience of watching Solaris doesn't just invite thought and
rumination; it demands it.''
Review Very Good "At a time when many American movies pump up every
fugitive emotion into a clanging assault on the audience, Soderbergh's Solaris
is quiet and introspective. There are some shocks and surprises, but this is not
"Alien." It is a workshop for a discussion of human identity.''
Review Good "Director Soderbergh does a fine job
creating a moody atmosphere of pervasive anxiety. The ending can be interpreted
a few different ways and should ignite debate about its meaning. Solaris is
science fiction drama for those who don't necessarily like science fiction.
There isn't much in the way of futuristic technology, and there are no
identifiable aliens. It's more about the complexity of people's thoughts and
emotions than about space exploration or the challenges of the future.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are the movies that we really save you time and money on. Most critics are saying this is a great movie, moviegoers certainly don't agree. As we stated in our prediction, this is not a movie most moviegoers will enjoy. When you get a lot of complaints that it was "Slow," "Confusing," "Strange," "Weird," "Bizarre" and others, it's certainly not a good sign.
If your taste in movies tends to run close to that of critics then you will likely be one of the few that enjoys "Solaris." All others should probably select another movie.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Despite the appeal of star George Clooney's naked rear end, this slow, abstract sci-fi romance will likely bore and confuse audiences. More adventurous viewers will appreciate the art, but most viewers will likely walk away unsatisfied -- and perhaps walk away before the film is over.
Dr. Chris Kelvin is asked to
investigate the unexplained behavior of a small group of scientists aboard the
space station Prometheus, who have cut off all communication with Earth.
Kelvin undertakes the journey after
watching a communiqué from his close friend Gibarian, the mission's
commander, who seeks Kelvin's help aboard the Prometheus for reasons Gibarian
is unwilling – or unable – to explain. Keenly aware that his opinion will
decide the fate of the orbital station, Kelvin is shocked by what he finds upon
his arrival: Gibarian has committed suicide and the two remaining scientists are
exhibiting signs of extreme stress and paranoia, seemingly caused by the results
of their examination of the planet Solaris.
Kelvin , too, becomes entrapped in the
unique world's mysteries. Solaris, somehow, presents him with a second chance
at love – to change the course of a past relationship that has caused him
overwhelming guilt and remorse. But can he really revisit and alter the past? Or
is he fated to repeat its mistakes?