Scott Brown
August 01, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Solaris (Movie - 2003)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
98 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/27/02
performer
George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur, Viola Davis
director
Steven Soderbergh
Producer
James Cameron
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Steven Soderbergh
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama

We gave it a B

A somber, stainless steel future full of somber, stainless steel people. A sentient planet with the power to incarnate loved ones from the memories of the morose (Clooney, as a widowed shrink sent to investigate goings-on at a space station). A movie that’s positively tantric — and, at times, achingly airless — in its Kubrickian vacuum of emotional suspended animation. Director Steven Soderbergh wanted to humanize Stanislaw Lem’s novel of quantum hearts, but he’s made a very remote — if well-tooled — picture. EXTRAS Soderbergh’s commentary with producer James Cameron is a terrific crash course in filmmaking — and in where not to use a Velvet Underground song cue.

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