Sunday, January 18, 2009

Solaris (2002) PG13 - 2½ Stars

The part of the movie I liked was Solaris in the background. It reminded me of one of those electro static balls that when you touch it, it attracts to your hand. I do think Jeremy Davies is great in his role as Snow and even Clooney is good in his role, but the whole movie is pretty slow. it's more about the conflicts he has inside with his wife's suicide and the planets ability to his memories into the flesh. But I don't think the movie explains anything. Why are they there in the first place? Why are only two alive? I dunno, it's just not the greatest of story lines.

Dr. Chris Kelvin, (George Clooney) is married to his wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone) till one day she has an abortion without telling him. When he discovers the truth, he's very hurt and walks out. As he comes to his senses and returns to their home, he finds Rheya has taken her own life, an image that haunts him. His life has become meaningless and routine, seeing his patients as a psychologist until one day he is asked to travel to the Prometheus space station orbiting Solaris, a mission he was once a part of, to try and figure out why the crew is being driven mad.

Once aboard the ship the only crew members he can find are Dr. Helen Gordon (Viola Davis), who has locked herself in her room, and Snow (Jeremy Davies) who has apparently lost most of his mind rambling on and offering no answers. His close friend Gibarian, the commander of the mission, has taken his own life and he is their to find out why. The first night asleep in Prometheus, Kelvin is awoken to the image of his lovely wife. As he knows this can not be, he lures her to the escape pod and sends her image back to space. However, the next night as he sleeps, she comes back more realistic than ever. Now with his mind and Solaris playing tricks on him, he must decide if he takes the escape bag back to Earth with Gordon, or live in the fantasy where he feels the safest.

Lightstorm Entertainment, 20th Century Fox
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Steven Soderbergh
Producers: James Cameron, Rae Sanchini, Jon Landau
I viewed 1/09

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