Solaris

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20th Century Fox Released 2002

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Director:
Steven Soderbergh
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13

Solaris is the 2002 remake of the classic 1972 Russian science fiction mystery, brought to the screen this time by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Traffic). Psychiatrist Chris Kelvin (George Clooney) who is called out to a space station to examine some of the odd goings on experienced by the crew already there. It seems that the nearby moon Solaris is playing mind games with the people sent to observe it. Basically, the moon can create clones of loved ones for each person that comes to close to it. Kelvin, after his first night in the space station wakes up with a clone of his dead wife Rheya (Natasha McElhone, The Truman Show), for example. Another crew member is visited by a clone of his son. Another by a clone of himself, and so on. Kelvin is still very much in love with his wife who committed suicide back on Earth, and now finds himself unable to say goodbye to a woman he knows is not really nor should be there with him.

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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Ends up more challenging and intriguing than personally involving, and while these are far from small things, it is only human to hope for more.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Retooled into a sleek pop fable that doesn't bother to connect all its dots, the movie aspires to fuse the mystical intellectual gamesmanship of "2001: A Space Odyssey" with the lo...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Despite its undeniably pure and earnest intent, Solaris is equally undeniably an arid, dull affair that imposes and maintains a huge distance between the viewer and what happens on...

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