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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…
"We don't have to think like that anymore.
We're together now.
Everything we've done is forgiven.
Soderbergh's vision of the novel is less of a remake of Tarkovsky's film, but more so a different interpretation and depiction.
It doesn't necessarily cover any huge ground, but it's a small film that tells something much bigger.
It's understated and beautiful; one of the most cerebral films that Hollywood has produced.
It's harder to access at times, and some may call it incoherent, but I absolutely loved its visuals and acting.
It had a much bigger emotional punch than I'd expect, with equal themes and meanings that made me think.
The ending is left ambiguous, and it gives us more questions than…
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.
"there are no answers. only choices."
nobody really knows if You are really You or if she is Her or if he is Him; not even You. not even Her. not even Him. not even Viola Davis (dumbly watched this "accidentally" instead of the 1972 film).
This is one of those movies you put on during a rainy, lazy day. That's kinda the mood for this film. Very gloomy, dreary and dismal. I have never read the book or seen the original film but the present day take is interesting and holds your attention. Jeremy Davies is very peculiar, making you want to see more of him in the story. As far as the story goes, nothing really pans out the way you'd expect it to, which is fresh but a little underwhelming.
It's not as good, but there can't be a better companion piece to "Arrival"
i'm very confused rn but nevertheless can i please have natascha's face structure????
Close to being a sci-fi classic, but as it is its abruptness at times hinders its potential.
it feels like half of this movie was cut out. i like the concept but it felt very incomplete, and not on purpose, like stuff was actually missing.
Really liked this, now I need to see the Tarkovsky one
So because it takes me some real willpower to sit and watch a 3 hour movie, I have yet to see Tarkovsky's Solaris. But I definitely don't think my experience was ruined by this film. Some interesting themes are presented about death and losing a loved one. It's also shot well and the score is ethereal. George Clooney is great, and so are the rest of the performances, except I found Jeremy Davies acting to be extremely annoying and out of place. It seems like he tried to steal every scene he was in when it was not needed and he ended up making every scene worse. This film is also unbearably slow and boring in the 2nd act and…
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