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Upon arrival at the space station orbiting an ocean world called Solaris a psychologist discovers that the commander of an expedition to the planet has died mysteriously. Other strange events soon start happening as well, such as the appearance of old acquaintances of the crew, including some who are dead.
An alien of unknowable intention, indefensible power, and indefinable reach. An invasion story without a single Stan Winston creature, annihilated city-center, or large-caliber gun. I'd happily place Lem's tale up there with Odyssey and Alien as top-tier sci-fi stories, without even having read the source material and based only on the adaptations. Solaris is one of the few examples of truly 'alien' aliens I can think of, and as stated previously, any depiction of intelligent life which eschews an anthropic bias is more than OK as a jumping off point in my book.
Tale of the tape, at least for me - Clooney does space madness better than Banionis, Soderbergh's efficiency and visuals make his take more palatable for spur-of-the-moment…
More so Soderbergh's personal and postmillennial answer to Solyaris than a remake of it. He's the only director I ever would have wanted for this; same goes for Martinez in terms of composers (his score here is one of his best). And Jeremy Davies, man, what a performance.
I don't really know if I should call this a remake from Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris (1972), or just another adaptation from Stanislaw Lem's acclaimed novel, so I am just going to call it a remake to simplify my writing. What I am going to do will be more a comparison between the two Solaris (Tarkovky's and Soderbergh's) than a review over the 2002 film. The plot of this movie may already be well known among moviegoers, but I'll still expose it. A psychiatrist is called to a space station orbiting an oceanic world called Solaris, and is surprised by the death of the expedition's commander. As other events begin to occur they start suspecting that the cause of these events…
With a much faster pace, only half the original's runtime, and released 30 years apart, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris is just as excellent as Andrei Tarkovsky's Solyaris. Or dare I say, the remake is actually an improvement.
That's what I think, at least. Just hear me out.
Solyaris is a great, great film, notice I used great twice because that's just how great the film is. But I won't go as far as to say that the film is impossible to be duplicated. There is a flaw, and that would be its unusually slow pace. Now I'm not complaining, I enjoyed every minute of it. (though my mind did wander off a bit during the car scene) It's just that, if…
I really dig the mood of this film mostly due to Cliff Martinez's great score.
Clooney looks as gorgeous as ever and the cinematography is beautifully composed. In fact, everything looks immaculate to the point of sterilisation. Which may be a perfect recreation of zero atmosphere in space but in cinematic terms it becomes a draining chore to sit through. The film has too much time on its hands and a painfully slow way of expressing its point.
This second adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's novel is a strange choice for Soderbergh. Praise for Tarkovsky's version typically hails the faithfulness to the source material, the metaphysical and intellectually blurred lines between reality and the subconscious. This version doesn't go all in to explore similar themes so its purpose is something of a mystery, delivering none of…
1st exposure to any Solaris action and most of what I took away from it was how much I like his style. Soderbergh layers it on nice and richly where there's a twinge of guilt of having one less film of his to freshly witness. Well cast but McElhone stood out as a weakness, perhaps to the bulk of the work being put upon her silent performances and 'alien' character. While consistently gripping, there a thinness to it which doubts me thinking about it for to much longer into the future.
I thought I would watch this before the original because, well, it's shorter. I don't know how the two movies compare, or how it compares to the book, so calling it original seems moot but in wake of some of the sci-fi/spaceship films I've seen, this is way at the top for how completely calm it is and for the ideas it conveys.
On IMDb's trivia page, it mentions Soderbergh saying if audiences don't like the first ten minutes, they should leave. Well, I didn't love the first half-hour but once everything becomes clear, and I understood what was happening (I am not smart, so I consider this a huge achievement any time it occurs, with films or otherwise) I found myself completely hooked.
Soderbergh is the king of remakes.
Beautifully shot and scored. Steven Soderbergh's take on Solaris is an absorbing, atmospheric sci-fi drama, I found myself engrossed waymore then I thought I would.
Like I stated before,Steven Soderbergh's cinematography is gorgeous. The visuals provide the film with a very rich eerie, melancholic atmosphere. And that score is just wonderful. George Clooney is very good in this film as well. I was really into his character and the dilemma he had himself in. The story is very engaging and well written. I was fascinated throughout this entire film. Id recommend this film alone just for the unique feel it gives off.
Schön anzusehen, weckt der Film in der ersten Hälfte unbändiges Interesse, was im weiteren Verlauf mehr und mehr im Firlefanz in sich zusammenfällt.
I'm a die hard fan of Tarkovsky. Stalker is in my top 5, a magnificent, perfect movie that could not be improved upon. Andrei Rubylev is a delight and Ivan's Childhood is terse and tense, his others are swirly-twirly interconnected, marvels.
I watched Solyaris however and I thought: This film could be remade much, much better. This film is too long, boring, miscast, overwritten, dull, and meandering. I hated it. What I hated most of all, and it was probably a product of being ahead of its time, it wasted its potential, it swallowed what it wanted to say, unlike Tarkovsky's other films.
So when magnanimous hit and miss experimental extraordinaire Soderbread came along and made a sexy, taught, philosophical…
Felt rushed or incomplete. Parts that should have resonated did not b/c it all happened so fast. Clooney's not great. Original should be better.
I'm not exactly sure why I don't rate it 5 *.
Fascinating and thought-provoking. Also slow and confusing. #8wordsorless
"I could tell you what's happening, but I don't know if I could really tell you what's happening."
There is a scene early on in which George Clooney's character meets Jeremy Davies' character and both George Clooney and the audience expect this to be an opportunity to learn just wtf is going on. Instead of giving us useful exposition, the proceeding conversation provides nothing. To punctuate how useless the information given is, Soderbergh soundtracks the scene with the most distracting and obnoxious ICP song, basically daring the audience to not listen to what's being said.
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The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…